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BibliographyHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
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The most interesting and revealing passages in Heart of Darkness are, however, about people. I must crave the indulgence of my reader to quote almost a whole page from about the middle of the stop/when representatives of Europe in a steamer going down the Congo encounter the denizens of Africa.
Africa as a setting andbackdrop which eliminates the African as a human factor… Can nobody seethe preposterous and perverse arrogance in thus reducing Africa to therole of props for the break up of one petty European mind? Butthat is not even the point. The real question is thedehumanization of Africa and Africans which this age-long attitude hasfostered an continues to foster in the world. And the question iswhether a novel which celebrates this dehumanization… can be called agreat work of art. My answer is: No it cannot(“Image” 257). It is interesting how most critics focus on thefirst two sentences of the beginning of this passage, the idea ofAfrica as the setting. Few it seems what to take on the chargethat Heart of Darkness is not a great work of art. Both of these novels can be scene as responses to Heart of Darknessbecause they are giving us the other side of the story. We areseeing colonialism from the perspective of the Africans who are beingcolonized. Achebe does a great job in writing clearly but notgiving us a clear black and white picture. There is never a clearstatement of these people are right and those people were wrong. Rosmarin, Adena. "Darkening the Reader: Reader Response Criticism and Heart of Darkness." Joseph Conrad Heart of Darkness: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism. Ed. Ross C. Murfin. New York: St. Martin's, 1989.Achebe, Chinua. "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's 'Heart ofDarkness'" Massachusetts Review. 18. 1977. Rpt. in Heart of Darkness,An Authoritative Text, background and Sources Criticism. 1961. 3rded. Ed. Robert Kimbrough, London: W. W Norton and Co., 1988,pp.251-261