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"An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness"

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michele guzman

on 13 April 2014

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Transcript of "An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness"

Disagreeing with The Heart of Darkness
Undervaluing Africa
Main Points
Continuing Racism
"A certain enormous buck nigger encountered in Haiti fixed my conception of blind, furious, unreasoning rage, as manifested in the human animal to the end of my days."

Disagreeing with the Heart of Darkness
"And between whiles I had to look after the savage who was fireman."
"...the thought of their humanity- like yours...Ugly"

- Chinua Achebe considers Conrad as racist because of Conrad's description towards African Americans. Chinua Achebe reacts to Conrad's work with " Certainly Conrad had a problem with niggers".
"An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness"
Michele Guzman
Esbeyde Gutierrez
Saida Cardenas
Janet Cuellar

Chinua Achebe
He was born in Nigeria , he wrote African literature, he was a critic, and a professor. He was associated with the Igbo group, which is one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa.
- Chinua Achebe is depicting the first time Conrad encountered an African American, this quote displays how Conrad's view towards African Americans are consider racist.
"In the final consideration his method amounts to no more than a steady ponderous fake- ritualistic repitition of two antithetical sentences, one about silence and the other about frenzy."

- This is the reason why Chinua Achebe disagrees with Conrad's work. Due to the fact that Chinua Achebe is from Africa he has a different point of view than Conrad, he personally feels the discrimination towards his race.
Continuing Disagreeing with The Heart of Darkness
" I will not trust the evidence even of a man's very eyes when i suspect them to be a jaundice as Conrad's."
At this point Chinua Achebe doesn't believe Conrad because he is saying how can someone have a view of something if they themselves have not seen it through their own eyes. Chinua Achebe is not just going to rely on the information given by Conrad he will believe it until he experiences it himself
The Undervalue of Africa

"He never had thought of Africa as having that kind of stuff, you know."
Chinua Achebe realizes how severe society views Africa. They see it as something irrelevant therefore they believe it is not worthy of having history in the first place.
Continue The Undervalue of Africa
" We were wanderes on a prehistoric earth, on an earth that wore the aspect of an unknown planet."
-Chinua Achebe interprets Conrads description of Africa as another world. Meaning that Africa is a completely different civilization and is minimized of it's value towards the world.
After analyzing Achebe's criticism and reading H
eart of Darkness
our group decided to go neutral on our opinion. The reason being, Conrad is white and Chinua Achebe being African we concluded their going to have two different view points. Achebe views Conrad's work as offensive towards his race, but actually Conrad is just putting his view on segregation during that time era.
Our Opinions
By:Chinua Achebe
Questions / Comments????
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