Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Issues of race and imperialism.

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I am assuming that you would like some comments on these issues as they figure in Heart of Darkness, and I can certainly do so. However, in order to get a less general response, it is a good idea to pose a question or provide more specificity than you have right now.

The book is a reflection of the reality that imperialism almost inevitably involves the colonizing of a country of darker-skinned people by a lighter-skinned people. Sometimes there is a racial difference, but not always.  The colonizing of India, for example, did not...

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speamerfam, I partly agree with some of your post but you are mistaken in your use of the word English. Please substitute it for the word 'European(s).' Heart of Darkness was set in the Belgian Congo & although the English were all over the continent of Africa 'as a people who treat others inhumanely for their own gains of money and power', in the case of Heart of Darkness, Conrad was careful to make Belgian colonisation the subject of European inhumanity to Africans for the obvious reasons that English readers could distance themselves from atrocities committed by English colonial administrations. Also, the book is written in English leading me to believe that if Conrad had wrote about brutality within a British colony it would not have been very successful (shrewed marketing). You are not the first teacher to confuse English colonial brutality with European on this forum either!

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