Written task – Bruce – IB1
For part four of the English language and literature course, we studied Heart of Darkness in class. The written task I will be writing is going to be based on the idea of racism in the novella. I will be writing a blog post concerning the racist qualities that might be found anywhere in the book.
The point of view through which I shall be writing is a total outsider who is not in the story. I think that by writing from this point of view, the audience can better relate to my understanding of the text because the readers are also spectators who are not involved in the story at all. The tone that I will use in the blog would be informative and instructive. ...view middle of the document...
It might seem a bit obvious that the book was written from the point of view of a foreigner, a white man, who travels on a boat in an extraordinary country. The whole novella is written from this white man’s perspective. Naturally, some people would definitely wonder whether or not this short book has any idea of racism since it is basically a white man in a land of black people, speaking his mind to us. This whole idea might on its own bring questions to many of the readers. Why is Joseph Conrad writing about Africa? Is it because he is judging them? Why is he portraying black people in a lower position than the white people? Is it because he feels that the white people are superior to the black people?
There were many different accusations that were made by important sources, both new and old. However, the most important and famous accusation came from a Nigerian writer who went by the name of Chinua Achebe. He wrote an essay that he called ‘An image of Africa’. He wrote the following sentence: “Clearly Conrad has a problem with niggers … his inordinate love of that word itself should be of interest to psychoanalysts.” Chinua also uses several references from the novella and added it to his essay. An example of this is one of the most famous parts of the book when it comes to racism, where Joseph Conrad describes the “A black figure stood up, strode on long black legs, waving long black arms.” After referring to this, Chinua asks a very ironic question to his readers; “Should the audience readers expect them to be white arms waving around?” In other words, Conrad is being quite racist simply because he need not have mentioned the fact that the black arms and black legs were black at all. It was unnecessary information which showed an even more racist side of Joseph Conrad. This information would be of no use to the readers because they don’t need to care what the skin colour of the waving arms is.
Another instance where there is a bit idea of racism, which is not mentioned in...