In what ways is Marlow respectful towards Africans in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness?
The Congo has been taken over as a Belgian colony. Ivory is like gold, and the Belgians want as much as they can get, to fill the demand in Europe. When Marlow arrives at the Lower Station as a steamship captain to bring one agent (Kurtz) from the depth of the jungle, he is confronted with lunacy and waste on the part of the white men running the station: setting off dynamite for no purpose; letting machinery lie around in abandon, rusting and discarded. It is, however, distress over the plight of the enslaved natives—the atrocities carried out against them—that conveys such a strong sense of pain on Marlow's part:
Six black men advanced in a file, toiling up the path...Black rags were wound round their loins...I could see every rib, the joints of their limbs were like knots in a rope; each had an iron collar on his...
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