Analysis Of Conrad 's ' The Heart Of Darkness '

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The 9th plague was Darkness. A darkness so thick, people could not see for three days. Darkness restricts vision and thus the way man understands the world. Conrad explores a similar darkness throughout The Heart of Darkness. He writes about how this darkness, a blindness towards others, can lead to the moral degradation of mankind in his novel. Throughout the novel, the reader is able to see Conrad’s perspective of humanity by discussing two integral issues of the time, Racism and Colonialism. More importantly one can see how he believes humanity has fallen from grace, how it can’t even see it own faults, through his usage of Darkness. Racism, Colonialism, and Darkness are intrinsically intertwined, as they allow people to egregiously harm their fellow man, while restricting people’s capabilities to see their own flaws and the horrible crimes they commit against mankind. Conrad elaborates on this in his novel, The Heart of Darkness.
One of the blinding factors of society in the novel is Racism. Throughout the novel racism is omnipresent although it may not be explicitly stated, within the characters in the novel. The African’s were depicted in a degrading tone, they were spoken down to, bossed around and portrayed as savages which is something Chenua Achebe, a Nigerian novelist, touches upon in his essay -“ An Image of Africa: Racism in ‘Heart of Darkness”, where he describes the many ways Conrad dehumanizes, insults and uses racial slurs against Africans. Achebe states:…
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