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    In Heart of Darkness, a frame story narrative written by Joseph Conrad, readers follow a man named Charles Marlow as he travels to the heart of a jungle in Congo searching for a mysterious man named Mr. Kurtz. Readers can infer that Marlow and Mr. Kurtz are very similar to each other; Marlow is the man who Mr. Kurtz was and could have continued to be, and Mr. Kurtz is the man who Marlow could have become if he introduced darkness into his heart and followed in Mr. Kurtz’s footsteps. When the readers

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    novella Heart of Darkness, the seemingly minor characters of the mistress and the intendant play the most important roles of the novella written by Joseph Conrad. The three seemingly simple female characters in Heart of Darkness, Marlow’s aunt, the Intendent, and the African Mistress, give more meaning to the main characters and the text as a whole through Joseph Conrad’s use of meaningful suggestions, symbols, and contrasts. The three seemingly simple female characters in Heart of Darkness including

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    century have viewed Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as one of the most outstanding and important works in English literature. However, a group led and exemplified by Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe objects to this praise, and their argument, largely based on the inherent racism of Joseph Conrad that prevails in his writing, was summarized by Achebe in his 1975 lecture, “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”. Throughout the lecture/essay, Achebe picks apart Conrad’s racist tendencies

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    A Comparison of Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent       This essay consists of two separate parts but the intention is that both these parts will prove to be relevant from the point of view of what this essay sets out to study. The first part will present Joseph Conrad's life and some of his works and the latter part will consist of a comparison of two of Conrad's works, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent. In this essay I will begin from two assumptions, namely, that both the works

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    corresponds perfectly to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The main character, Marlow, thirsts to travel the world. The story begins by telling his voyage into the center of Africa. Later, after landing in this “new” world expecting knowledge and adventure, Marlow is exposed to the depravity placed upon the savages or natives. While he’s docked there, he hears of this remarkable person named Kurtz, who is located in the furthest station into the heart of Africa. Marlow decides he needs to meet Kurtz

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    Heart of darkness, by Joseph Conrad, is a prime example of European imperialist power over the lower less developed countries of Africa. Joseph Conrad’s book ensued many critics and other authors to question if Conrad was a racist. Heart of Darkness is based on real-life events that occurred in the Congo during 1879 to 1887, involving the Belgian government’s imperialization of the Republic of Congo. It begins with the main character Marlow on the deck of a British ship called the Nellie, anchored

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    No Racism in Heart of Darkness      Chinua Achebe challenges Joseph Conrad's novella depicting the looting of Africa, Heart of Darkness (1902) in his essay "An Image of Africa" (1975). Achebe's is an indignant yet solidly rooted argument that brings the perspective of a celebrated African writer who chips away at the almost universal acceptance of the work as "classic," and proclaims that Conrad had written "a bloody racist book" (Achebe 319). In her introduction in the Signet 1997 edition

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    Ignorance and Racism Joseph Conrad develops themes of personal power, individual responsibility, and social justice in his book Heart of Darkness. His book has all the trappings of the conventional adventure tale - mystery, exotic setting, escape, suspense, unexpected attack. Chinua Achebe concluded, "Conrad, on the other hand, is undoubtedly one of the great stylists of modern fiction and a good story-teller into the bargain" (Achebe 252). Yet, despite Conrad's great story telling, he

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    “And this also,'' said Marlow suddenly, ``has been one of the dark places of the Earth.'' (Conrad) Are the first words spoken allowed by Marlow in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Marlow goes on the say that he was thinking about the Roman conquers who came to England 1900 years ago. This comparison that Marlow divulges into in the beginnings of his story frames this story and what it intends to cover in its subject matter. Marlow begins here his only overt characterization of imperialism. He puts

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    “And this also, ' ' said Marlow suddenly, ``has been one of the dark places of the Earth. ' ' (Conrad) Are the first words spoken aloud by Marlow in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Marlow goes on the say that he was thinking about the Roman conquerors who came to England 1900 years ago. This comparison that Marlow divulges into in the beginnings of his story frames this story and what it intends to cover in its subject matter. Marlow begins here his only overt characterization of imperialism.

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