Heart of Darkness is a novella written by the Anglo-Polish Joseph Conrad in 1899 . The story is about an old man, Marlow, who realizes his foolish deeds when he was young. He decides to narrate his story when he was on a boat in the Thames river; his story was full of criticism to colonialism, and he describes the native Africans as savages and primitives. The young Marlow was fresh and ambitious and his dream was to discover new places and help to civilize the primitives around the world; he symbolizes
Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness does not explicitly deal with a struggle between war and peace: the conflict is a psychological, moral one; however, the text’s implications that society is a thin veil over our innate savagery, the darkness at the roots of Western civilization, reveals disturbing truths about the peaceful, orderly lives we take for granted. The key to understanding Conrad’s novella lies in ascertaining the metaphorical significance of the “heart of darkness,” a search which may
The Power of Heart of Darkness and A Passage to India John A. McClure writes in Kipling and Conrad that "as the twentieth century opened, the artists and intellectuals of the age increasingly came to believe that imperial rule, if inevitable in the short run, was an inglorious enterprise that deformed both those who ruled and those who submitted" (153). Joseph Conrad and E. M. Forster were among these artists and each expressed their misgivings about the "inglorious enterprise"
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