achibe point Essay

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I completely agree with Chinua Achebe’s point that this text contains full of racism, bigotry, and hatred; and should be thrown out of this anthology. I think whenever a poet, writer, or any author uses derogatory terms towards a certain group or ethnicity, then, it’s only appropriate for that text or author of that text to lose all sense of credibility or even banned from publishing any sort of text. However, I do sympathize with Conrad’s position in some respect, for he was only acting in a manner of what his community deemed was right at that time. Nevertheless, it’s his responsibility and obligation to recant his work. What really shocked me is that Conrad seems to be comfortable using these derogatory terms and shows no hesitation in referring to African’s as almost animals. The mere fact that his referring to African’s as “blacks” and not as human beings, should have risen a red flag because, during that time in England, Christianity played an important role in shaping the minds of people. And we know in Christianity that the term “black” meant something that is unholy, evil, dirt, and sin. Based on that, anything that seemed different from the Christianity’s ways of lifestyle or appearance became “black.” This kind mindset trigger the European’s to massively confront this evil “darkness” and they felt it was their duty as a Christian to conform these lost souls into their own. One quote from the middle of the story that really exemplifies my philosophy is when Marlow elucidated the reality of European expansionism stating, “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale and men going at it blind—as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it

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