Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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How can Joseph Conrad's work Heart of Darkness be seen as a Post-Colonial text?

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Though Heart of Darkness was written during the colonial period, it has some elements of post-colonial literature. For example, it presents the darker side of colonialism in Africa, not just the standard European narrative of white people bringing prosperity and progress to the Congo. Instead, Europeans, personified in the figure of Kurtz , bring degradation, death, and destruction to the Congo. Also, the novella presents characters who are in direct opposition to the stereotypes in colonial discourse. While colonial discourse characterized Africans as untamed or evil, this novel instead presents the Europeans as bloodthirsty and evil. The stereotypes that Europeans unfairly associated...

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