The legacy of Malthus: the social costs of the new scientific racism Book Review. Hine, D. Karenga, M. Lehuard, Raoul. Mertz, Barbara. Thomas, Hugh.
For a true analysis of the text to be done regarding postcolonialism, it is important to know when the text was written and who it was written by — in this case, the short novel was officially published in in London by Joseph Conrad. Conrad himself is Polish by birth however, though he emigrated to London and published the novel wrought with his thoughts and experiences regarding the British colonization of the Congo there first. As Marlow regales the crew of the Nellie with his story, he tells of when he first arrived at the initial station to await the steamboat and it is where he experienced the harsh reality that this colonization was bringing. Those being the workers for the Company, workers being a generous term for laborers, who were downright slaves. They were even in shackles and chains. Marlow feels compelled to do something, anything, but all he could do were offer him one of the biscuits he carried with him.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there — there you could look at a thing monstrous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were — No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it — this suspicion of their not being inhuman.
To summarize, Marlow signs with a Belgian company as commander of a steamboat. When he arrives at the Central Station, he finds that his steamship has been sunk and waits for repairs. As he continues down the Congo River, he has a growing interest in Kurtz, who is the best ivory agent but is rumored to be ill.