Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Explain the civilizing work of white community in the book Heart of Darkness.

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The work of the white men in Africa was to make money with the ivory trade, but also to "civilize" the natives. This term "civilize" means, in the context of the story, to bring civilization.

Marlow was sent to Africa to with the recommendation from his aunt. He was hired to run a steamboat up the river and find Kurtz . However, he "was also one of the Workers, with a capital--you know. Something like an emissary of light,...

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