The Role Of Women In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Most of the latest criticism has focused on the role played by women in Heart of Darkness, for some critics like Mclntire; the text seems to marginalize the role of women, and to exclude them from the world of men. For others like Biswas, women do serve to play more role than it seems to be, and the novel is not about men dominant power over women. Both Biswas and Mclntire hold contradictory views, even though they sometimes agree on some points. I am going to take advantages from this contradiction on view, based on it I will first analyze Biswas main arguments and show how it differs from other critics, then I will compare and contrast between him and Mclntire, finally I will relate his text to the feminism theory. Biswas argue that Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness has always been the focus of controversy especially with regard to women. Critics have always commented on the lake of women role, and they assume that Conrad has failed in giving them a convincing one; he could not also manage to create a well developed women. However, Biswas argue that an absence of a well – developed women is not an evidence of Conrad’s frailer to create such a character, he did not even try to create that kind of character- at least in this novel-, so we cannot blame and questions him for something he attempts to do for a purpose, but what are…show more content…
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