Shakespeare 's Heart Of Darkness

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Relevance of Heart of Darkness
Alexander Spirovski
LITR 211
Professor David Auchter

Joseph Conrad 's Heart of Darkness contains both relevant and irrelevant elements to today 's society. Issues present in the text such as imperialism, racism, and moral ambiguity are still present today but their formats have changed enough in society that Heart of Darkness approaches obsolescence in perspective. Concurrently, the characters and theme presented in Heart of Darkness are scarce in fictional British literature therefore allowing this book to remain quite relevant. As we read more books, our ability to form informed opinions increases.
Imperialism in Heart of Darkness is prompted by pursuit of natural resources such as ivory under the guise of the benevolent deed of civilizing primitive savage tribes of Africa. What occurs is the widespread enslavement of Africans by Europeans via forced labor, physical beatings, chained bondage, and denial of basic necessities such as food, clothing, and medicine, as seen here:
Six black men advanced in a file, toiling up the path. They walked erect and slow, balancing small baskets full of earth on their heads, and the clink kept time with their footsteps. Black rags were wound round their loins, and the short ends behind waggled to and fro like tails. I could see every rib, the joints of their limbs were like knots in a rope; each had an iron collar on his neck, and all were connected together with a chain whose bights swung between
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