is there a feminist reading of heart of darkness, and if so does anyone know some of the key points?
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Heart of darkness feminism and heart of darkness is verry imfortant role to contribute.
Marlow's view of women was typical for the 19th century. They lurked in the background without really bothering anybody. There are three women in the story that play minor characters. There is Marlow's aunt, Kurtz’s mistress, and the lady Kurtz was supposed to marry. Marlow's aunt does facilitate Marlow's trip into the Congo. She serves merely as a vehicle to get Marlow there. The other two women play subservient roles and barely factor into the story other than to add understanding to Kurtz's personality. Marlow's world is a man's world. Evil white men, ignorant savages and perhaps the very nature of man is just that; it is all about men. Conrad's view of women is that they are decidedly inferior. Women, in Conrad's novel, were not much use; even the natives can run a steamboat!