Md Ahmed November.11.2014
Professor: Balthazar Becker
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conard. Throughout the story conord uses darkness and light as a symbolism to tell the story. The element of darkness symbolizes the desire to inflict injury and sufferance of others, while the element of light symbolizes civilizing and enlightening the native people of Africa. As the story begins, Marlow describes his journey into the depths of the Congo. He is in search of a man name Kurtz who is an ivory trader and who is described as great humanitarian. Marlow’s experiences throughout his journey are physically and mentally difficult to overcome. As Marlow was traveling up the river to the Inner Station, he came across examples of torture, cruelty, and slavery like practices. He saw piles of decaying machinery and a group of black prisoners walking along in chains under watchful eye of a fellow black man. Marlow states that, “I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but by all the stars! There were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils that swayed and drove men - men, I tell you. But as I stood on this hillside, I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly” (Conrad, 1999, p.44). In the eyes of Marlow these devils he speaks of, is the symbolism of evil that surrounds imperialism. In the name of imperialism the whites would slave the native people and put them in herms way. Throughout the story Marlow thought of Kurtz as a god like man, however
when Marlow comes in to contact with Kurtz, Marlow comes realizes the evil that lies in the hearts of human nature. When Marlow first learns of Kurtz’s notoriously brutal history in the jungle. Marlow knew it...
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