Heart Of Darkness Analysis

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Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, perfectly illustrates Hopkins’ idea of the influence of surroundings. In the novel, Conrad, through Marlow’s dialogue, describes Marlow’s journey from a typical, ignorant, biased English citizen through the uncontrolled wilderness of the Belgian Congo back to Europe, where he today is telling the story of the change caused by his surroundings. Marlow is clearly psychologically and morally influenced by his upbringing, his journey in unrestrained territory, and his return into European society. Throughout Heart of Darkness, using Marlow, Conrad argues that while the unrestrained interior wilderness of the Congo corrupts people into an animalistic state, European society blinds its citizens from the truth of themselves and the truth of the world. By doing so, Conrad argues that surroundings not only affect one’s character but also cause irreversible changes of one’s disposition and world perception.
Using the dialogue interjections with Marlow’s audience, Conrad shows how society caused pre-Congo Marlow to become ignorant and unaware. His audience consists of middle class men that have never left civilization, who Marlow often criticizes because he has insight into their lives, since he was once like them, completely surrounded and influenced by a restrained society. To begin the novel, the narrator speaks of the glory of the Thames which carried many great men along it and is a great embodiment of the goodness of Europe. The cynical

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