Heart Of Darkness Research Paper

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The Motives: Truths and Reality of the Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad’s novel the Heart of Darkness was “written in 1898 and 1899, and first published in 1902 is cited in the 15th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica as Conrad’s “most famous, finest, and most enigmatic story” (Conrad, v). The story contains a combination of Conrad’s experience as a sailor in the French and British merchant marines. His experience in Africa pushed him to write the truth and reality throughout the Congo River. Conrad uses an unnamed narrator to shift perspectives between himself and Marlow, who is the central character. Conrad does this to hide his motives or to not make them directly perceptible. These remote experiences interact to create a story …show more content…

Kurtz. These results had shown to an extent in Marlow along with in Mr. Kurtz, in which is the reason they are not in Europe. However, the effects extend more in Mr. Kurtz than Marlow. Marlow remains a man who still “followed the sea” (3) meaning that the European settlement has attracted him for his love of the sea. However, hasn’t trapped him entirely because he didn’t represent his class (3). “He was a seaman, but he was a wanderer, too, while most seamen lead if one may so express it, a sedentary life. Their minds are of the stay-at-home order, and their home is always with them... the ship; and so is their country- the sea” (3). Moreover, when he begins to work he only seeks for his boat to begin his love for the waters on behalf of his desire to pilot is bigger than what Europe has presented him with; that is money as well as power. However, Mr. Kurtz has tremendous represented the European causes of imperialism, in which results in losing himself by trying to achieve those purposes. The novel states that all Europe contributed to the making of Kurtz… (45). with that being said, the European colonization motives had become life support for Mr. Kurtz. The International Society for the Suppression of Savages Customs had intrusted Mr. Kurtz to write the report that reads, “We as whites, from the point of development we had arrived at, “must necessarily appear to them [savages] in the …show more content…

When Marlow realizes that the workers are there for personal gain and to see how much more they can gain than their neighbor. However, “Marlow's Englishness plays an important part in his Congo experience, differentiating him from all of the other Company employees…” (Lewis 215). With that being said, as previously mentioned, Marlow was there for his love of being a sailor that to an extent is what the European motives of colonization have made with him. Mr. Kurtz personal gain that had brought the European has made him lose himself. He has gained a lot from colonizing that he feels very sturdy to the point to look at himself as a God. In addition, he writes on his postscript to the International Society for the Suppression of Savages Customs he writes “Exterminate all the brutes!” (46). Therefore, he is there for what he can gain not to help the

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