On first reading, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness appears to summarise the attitudes of the Europeans, and in particular, the English, at the turn of the century. The central narrator and character of the text, Marlow, presents his views on the issues of race and gender in a manner which grates against the reader’s modern ears. However Conrad does suggest that he does not share the point of view of his character Marlow,
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critique does not “[lie] within the shell of a cracked nut” – it is not “inside like a kernel but outside, enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes are made visible by the spectral illuminations of moonshine”, in other words, it is not made apparent by brute force, but by examination of the text and its context.