Heart Of Darkness Essay

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Part I In the novel, Second Class Citizen, the main character, Adah, is a strong, Nigerian women who faces sexism from within her own culture since she was born. She explains, "She was a girl who had arrived when everyone was expecting and predicting a boy... She was so insignificant" (Emecheta 7). In the Ibo culture that Adah grew up in, being a girl was looked down upon. Giving birth to a boy was a major accomplishment, whereas giving birth to a girl was an equally major disappointment. Girls were taught to be useful, not intelligent: "A year or two would do, as long as she can write her name and count. Then she will learn to sew" (Emecheta 9). In Ibo culture, girls were valued for their domestic …show more content…
Kurtz. Throughout Marlow’s journey, he encounters different types of women. In his encounters with his Aunt, the African women, and Mr. Kurtz’s intended fiancee, Marlow shows his demeaning and sexist view of women. Marlow objectifies women depending on their race. The white European females are looked upon as domestic beings who should tend only to their home worlds, while the only African women is portrayed as a sexual object. It is this objectivity that causes Marlow to never reveal the truth about Mr. Kurtz’s life and death. The first woman that we meet is Marlow’s aunt. She is the one paying for his trip to the Congo, yet Marlow does not respect her views. Marlow says, "She talked about ‘weaning those ignorant millions from their horrid ways,’ till, upon my word, she made me quite uncomfortable... It’s queer how out of touch with women are" (Conrad 11). In essence, Marlow is saying that women are out of touch with reality, even though it is clear that his Aunt’s views about Africans reflect the popular view of the time. That view being to Christianize Africa and get rid of their traditional culture. This view was held by the likes of Rudyard Kipling, Leoplod II and other prominent men of the time. Marlow does not recognizes his Aunt’s views simply because she is a women and he
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