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phrases as to judge the way the Africans expressed themselves.The article was very helpfulbecause Achebe did a close reading of the novel and was able to note Conrad’s racistassumptions and allow the reader to look more at the racist message behind the novel.Sarvan, C. P. “Racism and theHeart of Darkness.”The International Fiction Review7.1 (1980):6-10. Web.Sarvan uses Achebe’s article to argue thatHeart of Darknessdoes not reflect racism butthat the novel is valuable because of its anti-imperialistic message. Sarvan’s points out that
Achebe fails to note that Conrad the author of the novel, is who puts racist words in Marlow’smouth to help illustrate the unjustness of imperialism. Sarvan also suggests that it is madeapparent by Conrad that there is some form of connection between the Africans and theEuropeans which is depicted by Marlow. Finally, he references that the barbarity of the nativesis detailed as a stereotype that all Europeans in this story are guilty of thinking. Sarvan’s articlewas very essential because it provides a rebuttal to information presented by Achebe, but itdoes not diminish Conrad of accusations of racism.
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