Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness

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Gender discrimination has been prevalent in societies around the world for centuries. Gender discrimination is formed on the basis of sexism. Sexism is the belief that one sex dominates the other. This prejudice encourages the creation of strict gender stereotypes. Universally, men are seen as strong, aggressive, and intelligent leaders, while women are viewed as weak, passive, and foolish followers. Historically, people have been socialized to accept and adhere to these stereotypes. Women have an important role in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Women are used in this novella reflect an important aspect of culture: sexism. Heart of Darkness was originally published in 1898, a period where women were facing especially harsh discrimination.
Conrad’s Heart of Darkness tells the story of Marlow, an experienced sea captain, who is setting out on a mission to rescue Kurtz, an intelligent but disobedient Trading Society agent. Marlow must travel deep into the Congo, a treacherous area of Africa, in order to locate Kurtz. Conrad concentrates on the evils of European imperialism, specifically the moral corruption and the discrimination against women. However, Marlow appears unaware of the cruel treatment that women received. Marlow encounters women several times throughout his journey. He instinctively reciprocates this behavior through his prejudices and proves his attitude of superiority. Joseph Conrad demonstrates sexism in Heart of Darkness through his portrayal of women…
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