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
he was found dead. This story highlights the fact that humans are often influenced to do that which they would not normally do, especially when they are alone. This idea of persuasion is present in many works of literature, such as Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. In both, the protagonists tend to isolate themselves, as they fear who they have become through their greedy actions. Their isolation makes them more prone to be negatively influenced, which
The novella Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad in 1899, which is set in the Congo, Africa in 1890. It is based on the narrator Charles Marlow travels to the Congo, in the heart of Africa to relieve a brilliant ivory trader named Krutz, who is working for the Belgium Government. Rudyard Kipling described Imperialism as the “White man’s burden” as in his writings he shows that European countries were travelling to help stabilize and grow the economy in countries that needed it. However, Conrad
frustrated. Not only did Heart of Darkness have an old-fashioned English style of writing but the first few pages were completely filled with references, symbols, metaphors and vivid imagery. I found myself either looking up each metaphor to understand it better or rereading each imagery because of its vividness. Thankfully, as the book progressed and Marlow’s story began, the plot became clearer and the story started to carry on more smoothly. I have come to realize that Heart of Darkness can be regarded
According to Wikipedia, imperialism represents the tendency of a state to extent and conquer other wicker lands. In my opinion, one of the most interesting themes in Joseph Conrad`s Heart of Darkness is imperialism. The novel is about a trading European Company which exported ivory from Africa. The main character and the narrator of the story is Marlow, a seaman who obtained a job on a steamboat for that Company. In the novel the river, the location and the name of the Company are never specified
In the Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, readers witness the transformation of gender roles within the novella. This transformation that occurs is not an obvious however; readers can see the difference in the perception of women in the novella. As a result of modernism there is a shift in views of various aspects and concepts in life. Some such shifts include the way that writers wrote, what writers wrote about, it is a period within the enlightenment, where scholars developed their approach to
shouldn’t be for the ‘other’ but for the ‘Other’. And if really the imperialism was about genuinely assisting the ‘others’ then it should involve “Inclusionary othering”, which Canales described as attempts to utilize power within relationships for transformation and coalition"
One of the central plots in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is Marlow’s attachment to Mr. Kurtz. There are several suggestions in Marlow’s character and narrative that give us insight to the possible reasons that may have resulted in his strange and ironic attachment to Kurtz. The focus of this essay will be on Marlow’s style of narration and his representation of Kurtz. These central issues will be dealt with through the lenses of three core traits that Marlow exhibits which are curiosity, perceptiveness