Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

The Cannibals

The Cannibals are the closest the reader gets to "the other". Though they are perceived as savages, they end up possessing a greater amount of civilized traits than the pilgrims. By juxtaposing the cannibals with the pilgrims, Conrad challenges the very notion of "the other", and comments on the universality of humankind. Marlow seems to hold the cannibals in higher regard than the pilgrims, despite their appetites.

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