After Kurtz reveals the darkness of people’s hearts during the imperialism, he utters “the horror! The horror!” just before he parishes at the end of the novel. Through the realizations of the evils behind the imperialism, some gathered insight of the true nature of people, greedy for wealth and power, leading to corruption, evil, and obsession. Some of humanity can differentiate good and evil through their
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.
Specific reference will be on the psychological journey that both the main characters Kurtz and Marlow, the madness and the ‘heat of darkness” that lurks in all men. The will be quotes from the novel that will be given and examples from the sources consulted. STUDENT A: Busi Masondo Heart of Darkness is a novel that exposes the myth behind colonization. Whilst exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist Marlow encounters namely, the darkness of Congo, the darkness of the Europeans cruel treatment of the natives, and finally the incomprehensible darkness within every human being. It is believed however that the author Conrad himself was exposed to the brutality of the Europeans attitudes in the Congo when he worked as a captain of a steamboat on the Congo River.
His rendering of Marlow’s conscious and subconscious thoughts was also based upon his own reactions to what he had himself seen in the course of his voyage through the dark country of Congo in a streamer on the river Congo. The keynote of the theme of Imperialism is struck at the very outset of Marlow’s narration, when Marlow talks of the ancient Roman conquest of Britain and says that the ancient Romans were conquerors who used force. They grabbed what they get and their conquest and their conquest of Britain was “robbery with violence”, which involved murder on a large scale. The conquest of another Country,
Although these two stories ' scenes are different and the protagonists have different occupations, they all trip up the rivers on travelling on the rivers, the Congo River and the Nung River, to unfold the quest to attain a vision of their self-nature. Conrad 's text is mainly a representation of protagonist 's self-discovery (Guerard 180) and the film also obeys this plots. Then, when Marlow and Willard engage in their self-discovery and self-pursuit, Kurtz seems like a light of their way or an example. Kurtz carries advanced and progressive civilization to Africa or Vietnam but brutal "civilized" domination or war lead Kurtz has to
With Kurtz’s final words and Marlow’s encounter with his Intended, Marlow realizes the evilness that dwells within all humans and that Kurtz’s legacy will live on in greatness. Setting: 19th century, first opening on the Thames River, then transitions to the Belgian Congo. The story revolves around the Belgian Congo and the voyage that Marlow takes on to understand the inner workings of Kurtz. The jungle is symbolic of the darkness while the various stations and river illustrates the present controls of civilization. Characters: Marlow: The main character, Marlow, is storying telling voyages into the Congo to seek Kurtz to understand himself, and the skeptical effects of imperialism.
Ted Hughes deliberately gives us an insight into the natural world by defining the beauty of underwater creatures. Pikes are determined to be ruling over other small fishes. Hence, the poet has significantly used the natural world as habitation where sea life and its species are miraculously in many ways more powerful than human species. Hughes has therefore attempted to draw the attention towards the innate violence of the natural world and on natural voracious behaviors. Pikes have significant intrusive qualities of merging their colors with water along with weeds along with other plants and the lie on the base of a sea or pond.
The novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is not merely a work of anti-imperialism; even Joseph Conrad’s critic Chinua Achebe acknowledges that Heart of Darkness is a fascinating exploration of human mind. While Conrad appears to attribute the breakdown of human minds and savagery within human nature to the predominant influence of wildness of nature, a closer examination of his work suggests otherwise. Through the characters’ actions and Marlow’s commentaries of characters, Joseph Conrad reveals that the corrupting power and the unchecked human desire are the source of madness and the heart of darkness, and only rigid social institutions can save mankind. Structured as an adventure toward the center of Congo, the novella gradually introduces
Darkness, as expected, symbolizes evil and madness. As Marlow travels into the unexplored region of the world, he discovers the evil that lives there in the form of the Europeans, who essentially were meant to bring enlightenment. In the pursuit of ivory (that is something physically light), the white man has embraced the darkest places of its nature; its primitive self. Women (Kurt’s painting) Marlow and Kurtz both agree that women symbolism the goodness in humanity. They are the decency and purity that is left in the world, especially with all the evil that Marlow and Kurtz’s eyes have seen.
Published in the year 1902, Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” is a story told in the frame narrative voice. The story talks about a voyage the main character, Marlow, embarks on. Throughout Conrad’s novella, Marlow journeys up the Congo River which is assumed to be in Africa. “Heart of Darkness” can be observed and viewed as a mythical journey in search of oneself as well as the search for what we believe is the truth. Marlow also travels up the Congo River in pursuit of a white man, Kurtz, who is an ivory trader.