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The Colonialistic Bias Of The Heart Of Darkness

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The Coloniaolistic bias of heart of darkness. In the colonialistic bias of Heart of Darkness by Francis B. Singh, he argues that Conrad wrote the story from first hand experience of imperialism. Conrad was a victim of Russia's colonialistic policies toward Poland. Singh says that the basis of Heart of Darkness comes from Canard's own experience in the Belgian Congo, one of the most exploited areas in Africa. Conrad doesn't tell the story directly, he uses Marlow. Marlow's impressions of colonialism fall into three classes. One is exemplified by comparing present colonialism to the Roman's colonizing ancient Britain. The second is characterized by the "noble cause" the "jolly ...view middle of the document...

Singh implies that Marlow's trip upriver into the heart of Africa represents a similar experience. He says, "the utterly savage state of being that existed before civilization tamed the unconscious with its absolute desire for egotistic self-fulfillment by means of moral restraints." Marlow uses the unknown, remote and primitive Africa as a symbol for an evil and primeval force. Singh says that the evil, which the title refers to, is to be associated with Africans, their customs, and their "satanic litany" of Kurtz's followers.Singh suggests that Marlow's sympathy for the oppressed blacks is only superficial. He feels sorry for them when he sees them dying, but when he sees them healthy, practicing their customs, he feels nothing but abhorrence and loathing, like a good colonizer to who such a feeling offers a perfect rationalization for his policies. If blacks are evil then they must be conquered and put under the white man's rule for their own good. He may sympathize with the blacks, he may be disgusted by the effects of economic colonialism but because he has no desire to understand or appreciate people of any culture other than his own, he is not emancipated from the...

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