Summary Of Racism In Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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We begin by Achebe’s formal statement that Conrad was “a bloody racist” as given in 1979 in the lecture “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad 's Heart of Darkness at the University of Massachusetts. Achebe affirmed that Heart of Darkness was not intended to offend or hurt anyone but had turned Africa into the “setting and backdrop which eliminates the African as human factor; and also his racism in the novella is responsible for “….the dehumanization of Africa and Africans which this age-long attitude has fostered and continues to foster in the world.”(Achebe, Chinua.”An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” Heart of Darkness. New York: Norton Critical Editions, 2006, p.343-344.) Scholars of Post-colonial literature considers it to be the basis of a complex exploration of the beliefs people hold on, what constitutes a barbarian versus a civilized society, and the stance on colonialism and racism that was apart and parcel of European imperialism. Achebe’s talk sparked an uncontrolled response which altered the entire field of Conrad’s criticism. Andrea White represents that Conrad’s “very backgrounding of native peoples and landscapes is objectionable”, ( The introduction and first chapter of: Harrison, Nicholas. Postcolonial criticism: History theory and the Work of Fiction. Polity, 2003.) an analysis that refers to Achebe’s argument that Heart of Darkness “uses a setting and backdrop which eliminates the African as human factor”. It has been almost more

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