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Abolfazl Horri

Abolfazl Horri

Academic rank: Associate Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0260-6551
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 54970572400
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University


A Comparative Study of Racial Segregation in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and F. F. Coppola's Apocalypse Now: A Post-Colonial Approach
Race, Segregation, Brutality, Colonialism, Adaptation
Researchers Abolfazl Horri(PrimaryAdvisor)، Mahdi Javidshad(Advisor)، Salam Mohammed Taha(Student)


This thesis provides a comparative analysis of racial segregation in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now using a postcolonial approach. The aim is to promote a more just perspective on issues of race and power. The introduction gives an overview of the two seminal works and explains the rationale for comparing their portrayal of colonialism across different media. The methodology utilizes qualitative analysis and a postcolonial lens to critically examine the texts' representation of themes like imperialism, racism, and the psychological effects of colonialism. It analyzes the perspectives of colonizers and colonized groups and how the creators' biases shape this portrayal. the thesis states that both works critique colonialism's brutality through characters who become desensitized to violence, yet they also reflect problematic biases. The study calls for critically engaging with these texts to fully understand colonialism's complex impacts on human culture and move towards a more equitable world by challenging dominant narratives. this thesis provides valuable insights into colonialism and racism's legacies by comparing two seminal texts through a postcolonial lens. The analysis of different media representations and perspectives makes an important contribution to discussions of race and power. Examining these canonical works with a critical perspective allows for a deeper understanding of how colonial biases operate while also acknowledging their anti-colonial critiques. The postcolonial approach foregrounds marginalized voices to promote a more inclusive view of literature and culture. This thesis models a way of analyzing canonical cultural works that fosters greater empathy and justice.