Darkness At Noon And Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness

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Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon and Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness offer important realizations about the honest nature of the world through effective portrayals of how truth, or the lack thereof, contribute to the unity of humanity. Darkness at Noon displays an in-depth life story of Rubashov, a man imprisoned for political crimes, who becomes torn between the evolving ideology of the Party and his own moral ideals. Focusing on his incarceration, the story provides effective insight into why Rubashov admits to the absurd charges, despite their falsehood. Heart of Darkness depicts the journey of a man, Marlow, traveling to Africa to finally fulfill his personal obsession of meeting Kurtz, a man of supposedly great integrity and morality. However, throughout the journey, Marlow grows increasingly cynical toward the efforts of Kurtz as he realizes the true nature of these efforts. In both novels, the truth that is useful to humanity is one comprised of lies, which brings individuals together for a unified cause. The falsehood, however, reveals the true nature of the ideology that is filled with actions of oppression and degradation. Koestler’s, Darkness at Noon, and Conrad’s, Heart of Darkness, reveal how truth is useful for purposes of unification among humanity, and falsehood harmful to morality and justness of individuals. In Darkness at Noon, Rubashov struggles with the continuous battle of attempting to reconcile his own moral ideals with those forced upon him by…

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