Kurtz was called back to his Inner Station by the “many powers of darkness [that] claimed him” which was not only his greed and thirst for power but also the darkness within humanity. Kurtz originally traveled to the Congo in hopes to enlighten and humanize the native African. However, once he was able to relish the power that belonged to him in the jungle, Kurtz could not resist the call of his own primitive greed. Within the jungles of the Congo, Kurtz experienced a power over the African men that he cannot receive in the civilized nature of Europe. The native offered “unspeakable rites” and sacrifices for Kurtz and worshipped him.
The symbolism plays a vital role in the development of the racism, the colors white and black, or the words light and dark are the main columns of symbolism in Heart of Darkness. “Conrad introduces the significance of "light/dark" and "white/black" indicating that "light/white" and "dark/black" are symbols of good and evil”(Source Nofal). In one side the color white and the word light represent the goodness, the civilized, the progress, while on the other side the color black and the word dark represent the barbaric,the ignorant, the perdition; the contrast between these two words is very strongly represented through the story by phrases or situations related to Marlow, the ivory and the natives. First, Conrad used the ivory as the biggest representation of of the symbolism applied to the white-light things,
His writing has been exploring of the painful psychological impact of colonial cultural decline. Comrade Mzala rightly opines that “Art is an important weapon in the struggle; it either reinforces or undermines the power of the oppressor”. Through the novel Petals of Blood and Matigari we see Ngugi writing as a strong social satire. Both novels portray the life after colonial era but the common thing is the same situation and problem faced by natives during colonialism. Ngugi works are characterized by criticism against European unacceptable law and injustice.
By dissecting the creative nature of Bleak House, the reader can see that it was written to have people see and understand the societal nature of the times. In Bleak House the story shows the struggles of classism, sexism and other societal ailments of the time. A perfect example of this in the story was when Jo was being questioned by the courts, but his testimony was deemed unreliable because he was from the lower class and seen as lacking in Christian faith. The incident itself was a very minor issue in the story, but that goes to show that novels themselves take small examples and bring them together to give an overall picture of what the author is show. This would go to prove Mill’s point that novels come from incident.
French designer Philippe Starck once claims: “I like to open the doors to people’s brain.” Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” reflects this principle in which the author advertently creates ambiguities and opens the possibilities of interpretation to the readers. Nathaniel Hawthorne employs commonplace symbols to present the ambiguity of sin and secrecy through a psychological lens in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. This short story also reflected the principle of Puritanism as well, such as the idea of manifest destiny represented by Mr. Hooper in the story. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. It is also worth to notice that John Hawthorne, one of the Salem Witch Trial Judges, was his great grandfather (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography).
Romanticism is a common genre in literature and art were Americans express their view on the American society view things in the world. A sub genre is dark romanticism which focus on more on the dark and deep side of humanity. Many these dark romanticism literature has symbols that represent the story as whole of the theme or moral of the story which can person, an object, or thing. These three stories that came from a genre of dark romanticism that represent thought a symbol. The Pit and The Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe a story of an unnamed person who put into jail and tries to escape and it symbol is Jueges.
This assignment aims to focus on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and depict how his work has emphasised the harsh nature of colonization, the torture under the Whites and the unheard subaltern voice of the native Africans that haunts their suppressors by the end of this eye opening literary text. It represents the championing of the White Supremes over the Black Subordinates in a tormenting and homicidal depiction, reducing the value of human life to utter exploitation and worthlessness. The novella portrays how binaries influenced by hierarchy can cause racism and torture bringing out the animalistic nature of the White superiors. “T.S. Eliot read it as a work about evil, life 's bleak hopelessness, and moral emptiness, neglecting the 'affirmation
The reader should feel directly inspired by the novel and its messages because of the direct correlation to the modern world. Racial prejudice, religious issues/ unity, and the bauty of the community bringing groups and populations together are main concepts throughout the story which he expresses through syntax and multiple means of parallelism of modern day and 1948. With each act of injustice is another ember added to the fire of the passion of hatred towards inequality. Cry, the Beloved Country demonstrates the fundamentals of mistreatment towards a person because of their race throughout time by developing a common problem that is seen throughout history. Gertrude and Absalom are faced with injustice, first hand, while joining a large population in the emigration into Johannesburg.
There are a various ways to consider the meaning of the title (Heart of Darkness) on its own or as it relates to the story. The title implies that Africa is the Heart of Darkness, where white people (Marlow and Kurtz) go there to save Africans. Black natives are depicted living in darkness, needing to be brought into the light of civilization and white people seemingly have this enlightening knowledge. In the time of colonialism, Africa was frequently referred to as the "Dark Continent.” The darkness of the continent could refer to its unknown quality or the darkness of the people who resided there. The story takes place during a period of colonialism and great racism, and "darkness" in this context might very well have racist overtones.
It reveals nostalgia for the apartheid system. It visualizes binary divisions between black and white. From this it becomes clear that a variety of “historically nuanced theories and strategies”. It has a development to describe the specific position of Afrikaans literature in the context of post- colonialism. Recent it takes steps to describe the history of the white supremacy and racism in South Africa draw attention to the fact that its complex origin found in the long drawn out process of colonization first by the Dutch and then British, the subjection of different peoples in enslavement of black people