Joseph conrads views on colonialism

The words used to describe natives are harsh indeed but Conrad never tries to justify the colonisation of Congo. Conrad certainly was ahead of his time, as his work criticized the colonialism practices by the Europeans by both making readers aware of the issues, and moving the readership to empathize with the natives The Europeans believe that the Natives are beneath them and in need of being cultured. He never supports the brutal treatment of natives and is at times even sympathetic towards them. There are many who firmly believe that Conrad was a racist and then there are those who defend him. Along the way, he faces insanity, death, his fear of failure, and cultural contamination as he makes his was to the inner station. Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness illustrates this idea with the use of several symbols. Through the actions of the Europeans, the Natives are made fearful and in order to protect their lives and the lives of their families they submit to the will of the foreigners. Heart of Darkness was essentially a transitional novel between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Europeans are only interested in advancing within the company, making the most money and shipping the most ivory for their own profit. Kurtz forces Marlow to rethink his current beliefs after Marlow learns the effects of colonialism deep in the African Congo.

White Europeans are used as symbols of self-deception, and objects with an alabaster quality are symbols of barriers to inner truth. This event and the doctrine of colonialism bought into at his time obviously influenced his views at the time of Heart of Darkness publication The Europeans are far more interested in ivory that in civilizing the Natives.

Conrad was merely presenting Congo as he saw it, through Marlow. Over the course of Heart of Darkness, certain aspects of colonialism and those involved are revealed in a darker form than usual.

Joseph conrads views on colonialism

In Europe, colonialism was emphasized as being a Congo has been described as wild and violent, and it becomes the embodiment of the untamed country and its natives that need to be civilised. Conrad begins with a focus on what the Company overtly tells the public: They are going into the Congo to civilize the Natives.

It is very clear, without any debate that the novel comes across as very racist and offensive to not just the natives of Congo, but to all that belong to Africa.

The white men being superior to everyone are required to educate and civilise the rest of the world. The main purpose and the results have stayed the same. To the Europeans it is imperative that they attain wealth, power and prestige. Conrad lived through a time when European colonies were scattered all over the world.

heart of darkness as a critique of imperialism and colonialism

Most of the story takes place in the Congo which is now known as the Republic of the Congo.

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Critical Study about the Colonialism in “Heart of Darkness”