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“It projects the image of Africa as ‘the other world’, the antithesis of Europe and therefore of civilization, a place where every man’s vaunted intelligence and refinement are finally mocked by triumphant bestiality” – said he.
In my opinion, this statement is not so relevant in this particular piece of literature or in literature in general.
He did not want to ‘pull art down’, but rather to point out that there is “creativity in all our living”.
He may think that it is part of our everyday life and we do not need to judge or classify the parts of culture to get the core of it.
This may easily lead us to a faulty consideration about the culture.
“Most people hear ‘culture’ and think of ‘high culture’.Disclaimer: This work has been submitted by a student.This is not an example of the work produced by our Essay Writing Service.Murfin says additionally: “Pierre Bourdieu in Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (1984 ) and Dick Hebdige in Hiding the Light: On Images and Things (1988) have argued that definitions of ‘good taste’ – which are instrumental in fostering and reinforcing cultural discrimination – tell us at least as much about prevailing social, economic, and political conditions as they do about artistic quality and value.That is why we can say that cultural critics examine a given piece of literature from different point of view, in a more complex and comprehensive way concerning its own – cultural – aspects.According to Murfin, the book is not only about the things what Conrad saw and noted in his diary during his journey, “but also the revelations of atrocities that began appearing in the British press as early as 1888 and that reached a climax twenty years later, when in 1908 the mounting scandal forced the Belgian government to take control of Leopold’s private domain.” He also claims that Conrad was sympathising to a reform movement called Congo Reform Association, established in 1903. Apart from the fact that we are not able to identify the intention of the author concerning his book merely from biographical facts we see that Conrad set a critique against the state of the African country. For instance, a novel with homosexual protagonist who is suffering from discrimination can’t be regarded as a discriminative writing, since its aim could be totally different and it is almost impossible to determine the intention of a book, because that is a completely subjective matter being different in every individual’s own interpretation. In connection with Heart of Darkness, the Africans are showed as a discriminated ‘race’, but this fact is hardly enough to call the novel racist. The Perspectives Of Conrads Heart Of Darkness English Literature Essay. This quotation was also represented in Patrick Brantlinger’s essay on the cultural perspective of Heart of Darkness showing that Conrad was actually critical to his own ‘culture’, that represented a highly questionable attitude to the African countries. The leader of the Congo Reform Association, Edmund Morel called Heart of Darkness the most powerful thing ever written on the subject.