The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a story that takes place in the early 1890s and presents us with an odyssey of a traveler known as Marlow who confronts the dangers of the Congo jungle while also witnessing the wicked, inhumane treatment of the African natives. In the story, Marlow represents Joseph Conrad who had actually traveled up the Congo in 1890 and witnessed the European exploitation of the African natives firsthand. In the Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad exposes the inhumanity of European exploitation of Africa and its people while also allowing us to understand how complex and immoral humans can be when pursuing greed and power. The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad gives us a good understanding of the real life issues that affected the Congo Independent State in the 1890s which included European imperialism, free market ivory trade, and many European atrocities against the African natives. European imperialism was forced on the Congo Independent State by King Leopold II. “In aspiring to become a modern-day pharaoh, King Leopold began his African venture in September 1876” (Nzongola-Ntalaja 38). King Leopold II was believed to be a philanthropist who was eager to bring western civilization, commerce, and Christianity to the African natives. “Christian missionary work helped, in the logic of colonialism, to undermine African cultural autonomy, and helped to promote colonial domination” (Nzongola-Ntalaja 39). Truly, King Leopold II of Belgium aspired for

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