Race from Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness Theme Essay: Race In Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, Marlow is shocked to see mans inhumanity to man from how he and his men treat or call the natives. And the mission of “civilizing” and “enlightening” native people because they are to savage for salvation. Also the divide of races of black and white adds to the themes that Conrad uses of light and darkness, good and evil. The use of white as good and black as evil is challenged when we view it through the theme of race. “A lot of people, mostly black and naked, moved about like ants.” Conrad's statement shows that the person (either Marlow or narrator) see the natives as tiny little insects. It shows how the whites would see them as superior to the blacks. Because the whites are huge and the natives are small. The whites view the black people as worker ants than anything else. This shows the mans inhumanity to man because it shows how inferior blacks; or natives; are to the whites. That simply because of their skin color and culture they are not superior to the whites which brings up the “civilization” and “enlightening” of the natives. “The shed was already a heap of embers glowing fiercely. A nigger was being beaten near by. They said he has caused the fire in some way; be that as it may, he was screeching most horribly. I saw him, later on, for several days, sitting in a bit of shade looking very sick and trying to recover himself; afterwards he arose and went out- and the wilderness without a sound took him into its bosom again.” Marlow is uncertain that the savage or native had caused this fire. And he creates the thought that the man was not to blame. And that since the man might have been around the fire that Marlow's men had accused him of starting it and began beating him. They probably picked this man randomly. This proves that the mans inhumanity to man can be shown in
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