Heart Of Darkness

Heart Of Darkness - Prejudice towards different races of...

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Prejudice towards different races of human beings has been around for as long as people can remember. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness , prejudice is portrayed many times throughout the book by the characters and the descriptions made by the characters. Marlow shows his prejudice feelings towards the native African American slaves by his actions and descriptions of them. Chinua Achebe also addresses this issue of prejudice in Heart of Darkness . Achebe wrote an article concerning Conrad’s prejudice, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” to show how the novel is a product of racism. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness portrays Africa as “The Other World.” Throughout the novel Marlow expresses noticeable prejudice actions against the native African Americans. Marlow describes the Themes River as a place where people can go and follow their dreams. Marlow does not know what lays ahead and up the river, but his feelings towards the river from his standpoint now are very high because they use it for many things and it is a source of life for the people. But later on in the novel Marlow said that the river by stating “The air was warm, thick, heavy, and sluggish. There was no joy and brilliance of sunshine. The long stretches of the waterway ran on, deserted, into the gloom of overshadowed distances.” (Conrad, 27) Marlow first description as I said before, was said by him before he actually traveled upstream to see what actually lies ahead. The second description of the river was after Marlow took the river upstream and found out that the native African American’s lived. When Marlow is in this area, he is very uncomfortable and says that the large trees that hang over the river feel like they are swallowing him and the boat. He is always thinking that someone or something is watching him and he called
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this “monkey tricks.” The someone or something he is talking about is of course meaning the native African Americans. This is not the only instance where Marlow
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