The article was very helpful because Achebe did a close reading of the novel

The article was very helpful because achebe did a

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phrases as to judge the way the Africans expressed themselves. The article was very helpful because Achebe did a close reading of the novel and was able to note Conrad’s racist assumptions and allow the reader to look more at the racist message behind the novel. Sarvan, C. P. “Racism and the Heart of Darkness .” The International Fiction Review 7.1 (1980): 6-10. Web. Sarvan uses Achebe’s article to argue that Heart of Darkness does not reflect racism but that the novel is valuable because of its anti-imperialistic message. Sarvan’s points out that
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Achebe fails to note that Conrad the author of the novel, is who puts racist words in Marlow’s mouth to help illustrate the unjustness of imperialism. Sarvan also suggests that it is made apparent by Conrad that there is some form of connection between the Africans and the Europeans which is depicted by Marlow. Finally, he references that the barbarity of the natives is detailed as a stereotype that all Europeans in this story are guilty of thinking. Sarvan’s article was very essential because it provides a rebuttal to information presented by Achebe, but it does not diminish Conrad of accusations of racism.
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