Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness, a short novel written by Joseph Conrad, takes place on The Nellie, a cruising yawl, where Charles Marlow tells his fellow adventurers the tale of his conquest into the heart of Africa. As an ivory transporter for the Company, sailing down the Congo River, Marlow embarks on a journey, observing European imperialism in central Africa and the radical tendencies of man outside of civilization. On his journey, Marlow is introduced to the infamous Kurtz, a professional ivory trader and intellectual gone mad in the wilderness. The novel revolves around masculinity and barbarianism in the roughness of suppressing native people and facing fear. Only three women characters are named in the story: Marlow’s aunt and both Kurtz’s…show more content…
Then – would you believe it? – I tried the women. I, Charlie Marlow, set the women to work – to get a job. Heavens! Well, you see, the notion drove me. I had an aunt, a dear enthusiastic soul. She wrote: ‘It will be delightful. I am ready to do anything, anything for you. It is a glorious idea. . . (8) Women were viewed as subordinate to men, and men independent of women. Marlow says that his aunt would get him appointed right away if “such was [his] fancy” (9). The men in his family were all too knowledgeable of the situation in Africa to aid him in his search for a job. The women, though, are “enthusiastic soul[s]” and his aunt is so oblivious of the dangers that she, right away, decides to help (8). This becomes uncomfortable for Marlow, relying on a woman to help him out, and he experiences the shame in doing so as he isn’t accustomed to the idea of relying on a woman. Upon saying goodbye to his aunt, Marlow finds that she makes him uncomfortable with her ignorant perspective on colonialism. He comments, saying: It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. (14) Marlow believes that women are too naïve and oblivious to the horrific
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