Discrimination In Heart Of Darkness And Mulk Raj Anand's Untouchable

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ABSTRACT The present paper explores and examines the notion of injustice or discrimination and its treatment by the perception of social justice and humanism by adopting a cross cultural perspective with reference to analysis of racial discrimination in Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness and Mulk Raj Anand’s portrayal of caste discrimination in his novel, Untouchable. Prejudice or discrimination on the base of caste or colour has been a universal practice by human race. The discrimination on each basis generates similar repercussions. It entwines the tale of wretchedness, sufferings, pain and agony in the life of an individual. It can be anecdotal that racism and casteism are sheer naught as they are simply social hypothesis. But, this social malevolence can only be exterminated from society when we behave toward every human being uniformly. Social vices like racism and casteism are mended into the same composition of discrimination. However, Joseph Conrad and Mulk Raj Anand both induce optimism in reader and admit the existence of social justice for human rights on the…show more content…
Joseph Conrad has received his inspiration to write Heart of Darkness after carrying out his journey to the Congo in 1890. The story of Heart of Darkness deals with a British man's expedition deep into the Congo of Africa, where he encounters the brutal and mysterious Kurtz, a European trader who has proved himself as a monarch of the native people there. This novel essentially contains vivid conflicts and clashes between human characters and the brutal forces of nature; and themes of selfishness, the violent part of human nature, racial prejudice and ultimately, social justice. Conrad was concerned in screening "psycho-political" states of affairs that drew parallels between the internal lives of single characters and the broader zoom of human
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