International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2017)

Whiteman’s morality, colonialism and heart of darkness


Mumtaz Ali

Heart of Darkness, a post-colonial piece of literature is recognized as the analysis of the deterioration of the Whiteman’s morality when he is set loose from European restraint and planted down in the tropics as an emissary of light, armed to the teeth, to make trade profits out of the races. Exploitation of black people, mentally and physically and its condemnation is at the centre of Heart of Darkness. His treatment of the Africans as non-human entities is considered by many as racism. This paper is an attempt to explore the morality of white people with reference to their invasion of African countries so that they may help them come out of their uncivilized manners and how they practice their morality. This also aims to know whether white man’s morality was actually practiced or not or its ground reality was different from European intentions. A deep study of “Heart of Darkness” reveals that the morality of Whiteman was at stake in Africa. Their moral ethics remained problematic for them. Conrad’s goal using morality is moral confusion. Charlie Marlow, the main character and narrator goes on a journey with the European Ivory Trade to Africa. This journey dawns upon him the black face of morality of the Whiteman overtaken by greed and imperialism. Marlowe thinks how easy it is to become inhuman without a structured civilization. He discovers that European values were not practiced in Africa.
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Mumtaz Ali. Whiteman’s morality, colonialism and heart of darkness. International Journal of English Research, Volume 3, Issue 4, 2017, Pages 12-14
International Journal of English Research