"But these men could by no stretch of imagination be called enemies. They were called criminals and the outraged law, like the bursting shells, had come to them, an insoluble mystery from over the sea.”
Here a bunch of beaten, abused slaves are being described by Conrad who are such a threat that the overseers still somehow think that it is necessary to chain them up. The main question the reader asks themselves is how these men could be considered dangerous enemies?
"'What a row the brute makes!' said the indefatigable man with the moustaches, appearing near us. ‘Serve him right. Transgression—punishment—bang! Pitiless, pitiless. That's the only way. This will prevent all conflagrations for the future. I was just telling the manager…'"
Here we are told about how the travellers who have come with now harm beat the black man whom is at fault for the start of the fire. They have no compassion or remorse for his suffering; his whimpers are showed only as a "row" made by "the brute." They treat the man like a he is an animal with no human features given to him by Conrad and that the only way he will learn his lesson from is from repeated beatings.
“I got my appointment - of course; and I got it very quick. It appears the Company had received news that one of their captains had been killed in a scuffle with the natives. This was my chance, and it made me the more anxious to go”
On the surface, this is a description of African brutality and violence. If you read it closely, though, it's more about how the Africans are forced into brutality by... [continues]
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