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Heart of Darkness

In one of his novellas, "Heart of Darkness," Joseph Conrad narrates Marlow's dramatic tale of a journey into human nature's deepest recesses.Throughout this reflection, women play an ambiguous role in their contact with men. Some critics have completely dismissed their role as ineffective; however, a closer look reveals that women possess a profound function in "Heart of Darkness."
Early in his career, Conrad established an identity as a strictly masculine writer by his narratives that contained only masculine men in the world of sea (Jones 14). It is these narrative novellas, such as "Lord Jim" and "Tales of the Unrest", that led to his unpopularity with females in society and the literary world (Jones 14).Eventually, in response to this unpopularity, he began to expand and create feminine characters (Jones 14).However, some critics complain that Conrad lacked skill when it came to creating women characters (Jones 14).Specifically, Susan Brodie argues that Conrad's "feminine creations are often dismissed as secondary and ineffective" to the plot and theme of the story (141).These critical judgments often result in a negative attitude towards Conrad's use of women.
However, upon much scrutiny, these critical arguments may be dismissed completely. Evidence reveals that women indeed possess the important role of corrupting Conrad's masculine characters with their "link to evil and darkness" (Bross 41). This process of corruption scares Marlow. Since it the women instigate corruption, Marlow fears all of the feminine characters. In the narrator's case, Marlow, female characters dominate almost all of his actions. In "Heart of Darkness," Conrad creates feminine characters, which control the direction of the novella as well as the destiny of darkness for the masculine characters.
Marlow's view on womanhood is well-known. He s…

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