heart of darkness essay.docx - Katie Bender Marlows Sexism His or Societies Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness tells the story of Marlows first trip down

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Katie Bender Marlow’s Sexism: His or Societies? Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness , tells the story of Marlow’s first trip down the Congo and gives insight into his personal opinions and the views of society regarding the colonization of Africa. The story takes place on a ship heading down the Congo, and Marlow is narrating his story to his fellow crew members. Marlow’s story focuses of the brutal but successful ivory trader named Kurt’s, and how the Congo alters his being and eventually causes his death. Though Marlow’s journey and story he forms connections with many people, but very few of them are women. The lack of a role women play in the book stresses the importance of every conversation Marlow has with a woman. While women do play a small but crucial role in the Heart of Darkness , evidence in the novel strongly suggests the sexism that has been instilled in Marlow by European society though his conversations with and descriptions of women. The first-time female characters appear in the text is when Marlow is about to begin his journey into the Congo, and needs to go to the doctor for his pre-trip checkup. When Marlow enters the waiting room he sees “Two women, one fat and the other slim, sat on straw-bottomed chairs, knitting black wool” (Conrad, 10). These women are often thought to resemble the fates.
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