In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Conrad explores British and Belgian imperialism in Africa through Marlow’s narrative of his exploration. The treatment of the “other” in the novel often frightens the contemporary reader. Conrad’s vivid description of African people reveals something about Marlow, and maybe Conrad himself.
My main question is this: what does Conrad’s treatment of the “other” in the novel reveal about Europe? We held similar discussions to this when we read Dracula – do you see any parallels in Dracula and Heart of Darkness with how they discuss the “other”? How does this affect our relationship with the text?