Heart of Darkness

Topics: Meaning of life, Kurtz, Heart of Darkness Pages: 4 (1477 words) Published: July 31, 2013
Student name: David Mier Zhang
Student ID: ZHMJD13

Every Coin Has Two Sides

The title Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, suggests the endless darkness, however, the foundation of the darkness is light. Also, May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald, literal meaning of the title is opposite from the meaning of the story. When most people hear the phrase "May Day", the first thought cross mind is the French Word M’aider, which means help, however, during the story, mayday is not the help; it is a helplessness and hopelessness. In a word, the literal meaning of Heart of Darkness tells the reader is about darkness, but in the story the resource of darkness is love, which is from light side. And May Day in general meaning is help, however, the motion from this story is helpless and hopeless.

In Heart of Darkness, in lots of readers’ opinion Mr. Kurtz is an evil man, because he is a disaster for natives. The Harlequin offers this comment to Marlow about Kurtz, “You can not judge Mr. Kurtz as you would an ordinary man” (56) Mr. Kurtz killed natives to get the ivory to sell, Mr. Kurtz “was not afraid of the natives”(58) because Mr. Kurtz’s “ascendancy was extraordinary. The camps of these people surrounded the place and the chiefs came every day to see him. They would crawl.”(58) And the station is not as Mr. Kurtz said it is “a beacon on the road towards better things, a centre for trade of course but also for humanizing, improving, instructing.” (32) The truth about the station is a station of death. Even the in Harlequins’ opinion Kurtz “has enlarged my mind” (54). And Kurtz’s action also shows the reader that “the conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much” (7). Because of Kurtz’s behavior, most of people think he is evil, because of his bloodiness and ambitious, he was so temerarious to get the...


Cited: Corad, J. Heart of Darkness, edited by Paul B. Armstrong, forth edition, University of Wisconsin, 1990.
Fitzgerald, F.S., May Day, Melville House Publishing, 1920.
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