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    In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the portrayal of women takes a backwards step and is reverted back to the primitive, more demeaning viewpoint. Conrad employs characters that reflect the archaic perspectives concerning women. The main character, Marlow, generalizes all women and depicts every woman as living in a dream-like state merely “going through the motions” of life. His five women characters were kept unnamed and their speech limited, highlighting the belittlement of women in the male-dominated

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    Despite the fact that the women are marginalised and devalued by Marlow and the other men in the text, they play an integral role in the story. Jeremy Hawthorne’s writes “it is salutary to recall that three female characters each play an indispensable role in Heart of Darkness- Marlow’s aunt… Kurtz’s African mistress, and Kurt’s intended.” It is because of his aunt that Marlow lands his place in the company. She views Marlow's involvement in Africa as a way to bring the natives enlightenment about

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    Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness, Marlow, the main character, shows his opinion of women in a well masked, descriptive manner. Although women are not given a large speaking role ,the readers still feel their presence throughout the novel. In the scene at the Central Station, the description of the symbols in the painting,the blindfold, the torch, and the darkness, allow the readers to see the darkness in the world and the thought that women should not be exposed to that darkness. Marlow believe

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    For most of human history, women have been unjustly subjugated by their male counterparts. Before the women’s rights movements of the twentieth century, many authors around the world intentionally wrote women as one-dimensional and unimportant. This can be seen in modernist novelas like Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness where women are seen as an afterthought to the main character Marlow. This sentiment greatly changed in the 20th century when women fought to alter the public's perception of femininity

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    In Conrad’s 1899 novel Heart of Darkness, women are noticeably absent from the narrative. Almost every time they are introduced, they seem to be missing three-dimensionality, rather serving as symbols for the men in the novel. Undoubtedly, the women are overwhelmingly undervalued, and placed in a separate sphere completely. The “cult of domesticity” was commonly used in the 19th century to illustrate the tendency to see women in private life, while men dominated public life. In an institution as

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    In the Heart of Darkness, women are used to symbolise the themes of the novel and the ways of thinking encountered by the male protagonists. Women are included to further the plots of the men rather than have plots of their own, due to the social values of England in the nineteenth century that placed men above women in economic, social and political regards. This is predominantly embodied in the Marlow’s interaction with Kurtz’s intended and his African Mistress, both of whom symbolise the opposing

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    In the Heart of Darkness you see a lot about Africa in the 1900s through an imperialistic view considering that’s where Conrad is from. There are also a lot of behind the scenes importance nobody really picks up on. Women in the Heart of Darkness played more of a role in the book than people think, and it also portrays the effects on Africa and all of Europe, slowly. In the 1900s, women in advanced areas of the worlds have always been fighting for equal rights. When you take a look at that history

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    society. Dating back to the beginning of man, women have been oppressed by men. Though beginning long ago this issue is still prevalent in society today, as in unequal pay in the workplace (Bressler 145). As defined by the online Oxford Dictionary, feminism is as described, “women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” This theory of feminism applies to many texts, specifically Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness,written in 1902. Through a feminist critical

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    Lucia Zhu Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and the Portrayal of Women Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness is an adventure tale about the narrator’s journey through the mysterious Congo River. Marlow, the narrator, becomes a sea captain as he travels the world in a steamboat. His journey starts from the Thames River in England to deep in the Congo River of Africa. Marlow’s mission is to locate and retrieve Europe’s best agent–Mr. Kurtz. As the search for Kurtz proves to be both horrifying

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    In his written novel Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad uses the motif of unrestrained lusts, to contribute to the theme of fascination versus repulsion. Although the colonialist society constructed Africans to be looked upon as brutes and be despised, especially African women given that women were devalued due to sexism, few of the European male characters couldn't help but reveal the awe that they developed towards the natives. This frequent occurrence of lust does not only reflect the admiration

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