Wu1Jackey WuMr. ValenciaLiterature Criticism & AnalysisMarch 31, yResponse to An Image of Africa/ Heart of Darkness1.In his essay, "An Image of Africa", Chinua Achebe argues that Joseph Conrad "was a thoroughgoing racist" through the use of his anecdotes and teaching experiences. Achebe recognized Conrad as a racist, depending on the assumption that a person’s racial views can bedetermined by the fiction they write. In the essay, he suggests that "Heart of Darkness" doesn’t concern so much with Africa as with the deterioration of one European mind caused bysolitude and sickness. At this point, he is dissatisfied. Also, Achebe suggests that Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" is celebrating dehumanization, affecting a great number of white people tohave stereotypes and discriminations towards African men. Conrad’s description and language about Africa is unequal to that of Europeans, which is purely racist, as least in this important and influential black novelist’s mind, the literary work is inappropriate.