Chain Of Power In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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POWER is something most people desire in businesses, politics and companies as one wishes to expand or go up the chain of command in order to acquire greater authority, even in social life where individuals interact with each other. The novel ‘Heart of Darkness’ By Joseph Conrad is an adventure in the interior of Africa. The adventure in the novel can be recognized on page 45 lines 7-10 “There was an old hippo that had the bad habit of getting out on the bank and roaming at night over the station grounds. The pilgrims used to turn out in a body and empty every rifle they could lay hands on at him.” The hippopotamus harmful disturbance on the ship resulted to individuals continuously trying to shoot it down almost every night. In this novel…show more content…
Joseph Conrad uses imagery to describe very cruel and brutal aspects of Charlie Marlow’s journey inside Africa. On page 95 line 27 through page 96 line 17 “ Now I had suddenly a nearer view, and its first result was to make me throw my head back as if before a blow. Ten I went carefully from post to post with my glass, and I saw my mistake. These round knobs were not ornamental but symbolic; they were expressive and puzzling, striking and disturbing— food for thought […] and there it was, black, dried, sunken, with closed eyelids—a head that seemed to sleep at the top of that pole, and, with the shrunken dry lips showing a narrow white line of the teeth, was smiling, too, smiling continuously at some endless and jocose dream of that eternal slumber. “ Marlow does not just say there was head on a stick straightforward, rather he explains the event in a visual manner. He started by explaining his first impression and how it appeared as he got a better view, gently incorporating his reactions to what he saw that slowly enabled him realise that the ornamental knobs were actually heads on sticks. These heads on sticks indicate that colonizers also exert power on native Africans by beheading them and mounting the heads of the deceased stationary on sticks to symbolise their capability, thus coercing the native Africans to submit themselves to the colonizers as a result of
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