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How can Joseph Conrad's work Heart of Darkness be seen as a Post-Colonial text?
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Joseph Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness can be considered a Post-colonial text if one examines the exploitation depicted in the novel.
When Marlow is speaking about his position as a steamer pilot, he details what he came upon at the company's Lower Station. The native inhabitants are described as being salves to the Belgium company's hired guards. The Africans are starving to death and not being treated well. Instead, they are forced to work to physical exhaustion.
Therefore, the novella depicts how native inhabitants are treated when other countries come in to colonize. These inhabitants are exploited and forced into servitude. Given that Post-colonial literature is meant to speak against colonization, the treatment of the natives shows both Marlow's and Conrad's views on what happens when some locations are colonized (when the colonization is not beneficial to all).
Posted by literaturenerd on February 17, 2012 at 9:07 AM (Answer #1)
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