A critique to Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"

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How would Edward Said critique Heart of Darkness? Use the excerpt from Orientalism to determine how he would agree and/or disagree with Achebe’s criticism of Conrad’s novella. Use specific examples and/or passages from all three works. the above question is answered in this document.

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1Running head: A CRITIQUE TO CONRAD'S "HEART OF DARKNESS"A critique to Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"Students NameInstitution2A CRITIQUE TO CONRAD'S "HEART OF DARKNESS"A critique to Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"Conrad wrote the book, Heart of Darkness between 1898 and 1899. During this timeimperialism was the main movement in the land. Conrad has used a narrator called Marlow thatis purposely used to convey the plot to the novella. Additionally, Conrad uses Marlow to tell hisstory. He was a shoe shiner and imperialism gave him a profession. Through Marlow, he tells thereader of his journey and experience during the imperialism. It should be noted that Conrad wassensitive about what he wrote rest it made him lose his occupation.Edward Said would react in defense of Conrad. The argument Edward would give wouldbe influenced by his style of criticizing the author of Heart of Darkness in the context of theauthors time. In Achebes shoes, being an African and a citizen of a newly emergingindependent country, Achebe is justified to criticize Conrad as a racist and one can understandwhen Achebe dismisses the Novella and the author. However, during the time when Conradwrote Heart of Darkness," the concept of racism did not exist.In his context, Edward Said would not condemn Heart of Darkness. He says inOrientalism that an American would not feel the hardships that the native of Chateaubriand andNerval Orientals have gone through. An

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