Heart of Darkness Essay

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Heart of Darkness Essay

Morality has been interpreted in different ways throughout life, but there is only one true definition, which leads to the reality of what society truly is. Joseph Conrad uses narration in Heart of Darkness to explain and analyze human’s moral values. It is true that all humans are savages, but this savage nature does not make someone a bad person. If a person uses one’s savage features for evil and do not restrain from doing so, then it is the lack of restraint that brings upon the evil in humans. Restraint is necessary for the sake of mankind because it helps a person to ease into understanding the harsh reality of life. Morality is the ability to restrain from using one’s savage nature for the demise of
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In the colonization of the Congo, the strong Europeans did not restrain from using their savage nature and took away all freedom for greed. The natives, which are cannibals in this case, are strong and powerful in this situation and can probably destroy the Europeans and take away their freedom as well, but they do not. They restrain from doing something that is wrong: winning an unfair fight. This concludes that because of restraint the natives understand right and wrong and the Europeans do not. The ability to restrain allows individuals to act morally and therefore leads to a much more stable society. Restraint not only allows humans to act justly, it also helps people to understand life and its cruelty better. The truth, hidden beneath the lies of society, creates negative affects to humans once it is uncovered. Humans use lies to cope with life to such an extent that the lie itself becomes the truth because it is engraved within the mind of the individual. The harshness of life is the realization that the life one lives is a lie. Sometimes this realization is so intense people cannot accept it and will eventually collapse, which will in turn cause society to collapse as well. Conrad uses the concept of the lie being the truth to show that humans try to make sense of life even though

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