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Misogyny at Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Misogyny, the hatred or dislike of females, is a recurrent motif in World Literature. Women's suffrage was at its prime between 1840 and 1920. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, two tales located in Africa, reveal different points of misogyny, the first being from the time of women's suffrage, and the latter being after the women's suffrage movement. The value, view, and character of women was jeopardized greatly in both of these novels. Heart of Darkness was released in 1902, deep in with time of the women's suffrage movement. The writer, Joseph Conrad, wrote this novella with a tone that's accepting of sexism. There's not any regard for girls in Heart of Darkness. Contrary to Heart of Darkness, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe conveys a non-accepting tone of sexism and shows women in a much better picture, although sexism does play a huge part in the narrative. This story was printed in 1958, right after the women's suffrage movement, so the non-accepting tone is understandable. None of those three female characters in given a name in Heart of Darkness. This makes it seem as though women don't matter enough to be given a name. In Things Fall Apart, each woman is given a name. Only three important instances involve women in Heart of Darkness, Marlow's conversation with his cousins, Kurtz painting, and Marlow's conversation with Kurtz's fiancée. Besides these 3 events, girls are kept from the story. "Girl! What? Did I mention a girl? Oh, she's out of it completely. They -- the women I mean -- are out of it -- should be out of it. We have to enable them to stay in that beautiful world of their least our gets worse. Oh, she needed to be from it. You ought to have heard the disinterred body of Mr. Kurtz saying,.

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