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  Annotated Bibliography Blagodarskiy, Vas. “Critical Analysis of Social Issues in ‘Heart of Darkness’ by Joseph Conrad.” Articlesbase. 20 Oct. 2009. Web. 30 May 2013. The main social issue in Heart of Darkness deals with abandoning European morals when faced with the power of colonialism. The two main characters, Kurtz and Marlow – once noble men – both face this challenge. Thus, the main theme in the novella can be defined as absurdly hypocritical practices of imperialism, with motifs such as ironic understatements, inability to accurately word things due to their horribleness, and, of course, darkness. Brown, Alistair. “Heart Of Darkness And Victorian Anthropology.” The Pequod. Web. 30 May 2013. Well known for the way in which it has many layers of narration, Heart of Darkness recreates the detached ways in which the Victorian anthropologist gathered data on, and represented, native culture. In the scene with the 'African Queen,' Conrad creates a dramatic drawing together of objective, rational, Europeanism with abstract, magical Africanism, a crossing of the "shadow lines" which exposes the falsehood of making a scientific distinction between observer and patron, and observed and patronized. Kaplan, Carola. “Colonizers, Cannibals, and the Horror of Good Intentions in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.” Ed. Harold Bloom. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers, 2003. 67-80. Print. This is a great starting point for any research into critical approaches as far as “Heart of Darkness” is concerned because of how far reaching the discussions in the article are. Not only does Kaplan talk about Kipling-esque colonization (see Raskin below) and morality, she provides an analysis of the text in which she finds this tension between white and black, right and wrong, and civilized and savage. The other great part

  of this analysis is that Kaplan discusses other members of the cannon of Western literature and how Conrad projects British colonial fears and...
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