'Heart of Darkness'

Michael Wilding


Central to Conrad's Vision in Heart of Darkness (1902) of what was happening in Africa is the masking of the work of brutal exploitation by the phrases of Christian enlightenment. And he puts his emphasis not on the mere hypocrisy of the .Christian-civilizing phrasing used to mask the real activities, but on the ultimately inextricable identity of the Christian, the civilizing, the exploitative, the brutal.

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