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t and influential black novelist’s mind, the literary work is inappropriate. 2. People who hold common beliefs have a tendency to consider that only what they beli eve is right. If only few people have similar perspectives towards one thing, they won’t cause much concerns, while a lots of people together can be an inevitable trend that is hard to stop. Many white people are educated to be racists, so they will not be able to tell any problems of racism from " Heart of Darknes s". Achebe is trying to imply that foreign writers and scholars who are going to write about different cultures tend to portray the other culture through their own perspectives, through their own understandings of that culture, which are often bias and more seriously, inaccurate. It doesn’t mean that they have no respect to that culture they are w riting about, but indeed they have a lopsided view based on their own culture and education.
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Wu 2 3. Since the main protagonist, Marlow, is such a typical racist in the novel " Heart of Dar knes s" and nobody in that novel appears to criticize his racism, Chinua Achebe has the concer n that the readers will take the content of the novel and have a single story about what Africa really is. Grew up and educated in the Western culture, where white people is the authority, w ill easily lead to the readers’ failure of recognizing the plausible racism from the novel. They might even fail to notice any improper elements in the novel. He is concerned that scholars m
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  • Spring '17
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  • Heart of Darkness, White people, An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

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