Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Essay

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One of the biggest fallacies one could make is believe with certainty that humankind is only one way (good or bad) without taking into account that ascertaining the precise percentage of how good and how bad humanity is almost inconceivable. The only thing one can infer is that every human and everything created by humans has two sides to it: the form and the substance. Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness” shows precisely how dangerous it is to put our trust in a concept, for example: colonization, without realizing that most of the time one only gets to see the form and not the substance. In this essay, my purpose is to demonstrate that “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad is mainly a novella about the discrepancy between substance and form. In order to prove my point I will bring into discussion the matter of colonization and two of the characters: the General Manager and Kurtz. Firstly, in “Heart of Darkness” colonization is perceived from two different perspectives: the first perspective of the ones not involved directly, the second one of the ones who had an active role in the action. In regard to this, the form is represented by how colonization was considered by the outsider, namely the one who believed it to be an act of kindness and an attempt to bring light in the land of darkness. For instance, Marlow’s aunt, who was the one who helped him fulfil his dream of going to Africa, maintained that her nephew was: “like an emissary of light, something like a lower

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