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The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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Harsh Kumar Ms. A-GAP Literature 15 March 2017
Senior Thesis #3 Adolescence is a transitional phase of psychological development where one begins to become more aware of themselves and their position in society. This transition is a vital one that changes one’s feelings, decision making, and attitude towards things that they might’ve viewed differently as an adolescent. In the Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad exposes the psychological change that Marlow goes through by coming to Congo for the development of his experience and self through his confrontation with Kurtz, encounter with European imperialism, as well as his newfound awareness of the unknown and unfamiliar.Marlow’s confrontation with Kurtz
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Overstreet, “people do bad things because they have bad in them” (Overstreet 1). This contributes with Kurtz character as he has evil in him that leads to his malignant deeds. In the end, Kurtz falls ill and passes away with his last words being “The Horror” (Conrad 43) which shows that despite his god-like characterization of himself fell short and that the overwhelming power of greed was too much for Kurtz and led to his demise. “Where there is no maturity of mind, there can be no vision”(Overstreet 2). This statement relates with Kurtz as he was not mature enough to realize the consequences of his actions and was in turn blinded by greed and a lust for power. Marlow and Kurtz’s relationship led to the psychological development of Marlow as the longer he got to know Kurtz the more he became aware of his true character and the evils associated with him and in this process he saw Kurtz in a completely divergent way due to the dialogue exchanged between Marlow and Kurtz throughout the novel. Another way Marlow develops psychologically is through his encounter and realization with the harsh realities of European imperialism through vivid imagery which leads to his juxtaposition of ideas regarding imperialism. Marlow is shown as a strict imperialist in the beginning of the book when he compares the "civilized European man" with the "savage African man." (Conrad 15). These two conflicting figures and ideas represent the
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