Analysis Of Marlow 's ' Heart Of Darkness ' Essay

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“And this also, ' ' said Marlow suddenly, ``has been one of the dark places of the Earth. ' ' (Conrad) Are the first words spoken aloud by Marlow in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Marlow goes on the say that he was thinking about the Roman conquerors who came to England 1900 years ago. This comparison that Marlow divulges into in the beginnings of his story frames this story and what it intends to cover in its subject matter. Marlow begins here his only overt characterization of imperialism. He puts Rome in the position of the civilized and the native islanders in the position of the savage and what truly distinguishes one from another is not any level of civility but power. Marlow claims that “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind – as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness.” (Conrad) Marlow draws an immediate comparison between Rome and England and England and Congo. Marlow’s story of the Roman Empire invading England shows the permanence of the phenomenon upon which he is writing. Marlow’s juxtaposition of the invasion of England at the hands of the Romans will directly parallel the Congo’s occupation at the hands of Belgium. What is at the heart of Marlow’s journey, is a search for what redeems or even justifies the robbery and murder of peoples. Heart of Darkness and its Author is often mistakenly associated with literature that promulgated the idea that Europe had been tasked with the “noble cause”

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