Their works focus on the dark side of imperialism and the effects it had on the colonized states and the people in the states. In Shooting and Elephant, the conflict is between George Orwell and the natives over an unruly elephant, and in Heart of Darkness the readers travel into the depths of not only Africa, but of the human soul, where heartless acts take place. When Marlow reaches Africa, he witnesses the inhumanity upon the native people. The trading companies treat the natives like slaves by taking advantage of them and forcing them to work hard. The Europeans are trying to prove that they are stronger by purposely targeting a weaker country that is less developed for their economic benefit.
Heart of Darkness tells a story about Marlow, a young captain. He reserves a commission to research Kurtz who is an ivory trader and works for a Belgian trading company and loses in the Congo jungles. Apocalypse Now 's background is Vietnam War. An American captain Willard gets a mission to find and kill Kurtz who is an unsound US Special Forces colonel. 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.
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
Heart of Darkness tells a story about Marlow, a young captain. He reserves a commission to research Kurtz who is an ivory trader, who works for a Belgian trading company and loses in the Congo jungles. Apocalypse Now’s background is Vietnam War. An American captain Willard gets a mission to find and kill an unsound US Special Forces colonel—Kurtz. Although the two stories’ contexts are not the same, the trucks are similar.
In the Heart of Darkness, Marlow enters and recounts his story in Africa where he finds “hollow men” only on the hunt for ivory and wealth, filled with only greed. In the heart of the Congo, the protagonist encounters Kurtz, who realizes the true nature and horror of what humanity possesses. Eliot expresses that “those who have crosses with direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom remember us - if at all - not as lost.” He basically suggests that the people who have ventured into purgatory or hell have the recognition of a higher state of morality, heaven. Essentially, those people can see the truth behind people. After Kurtz reveals the darkness of people’s hearts during the imperialism, he utters “the horror!
Practically the whole story we witness not only the mental deterioration of Marlow but also Kurtz. Kurtz apparently lost his head while in the jungle. He became obsessed with the hunt for ivory and became so power driven that he put a bunch of natives heads on stake outside of his hut. In Marlow’s words, “The powers of darkness have claimed him for their own" By the “powers of darkness” Conrad is referring to the animalistic instinctual behavior that is allowed to thrive in the jungle where there is no rules. The last obvious message that the darkness cannot be contained in the jungle is the behavior of the station manager.
The natives were treated like an animal and they were dumped inside the pit to die and were also chained like criminals. The phrase “Anything-anything can be done in this country” (Conrad, 2001, p.52) shows how the Colonizers exploited the land of the natives and killed them without mercy because there is no law which would control the colonist’s dark heart. Darkness signifies the corrupted minds of the Europeans in the name of civilization. “Civilization is a mask used to hide the truth” (Example essays, 2002) which means, the Europeans invaded Africa by telling the natives they came to civilize the country but in reality they came to Africa mainly to extract ivory from the natives. Civilization is the mirror to human nature because we can seeour physical appearance when we look in the mirror and civilization also shows how cultured and developed we are, but like mirror it does not
The natives were treated like an animal and they were dumped inside the pit to die and were also chained like criminals. The phrase “Anything-anything can be done in this country” (p.52) shows how the Colonizers behave in the native land like exploiting their land and killing people because there is no law which would control colonist’s dark heart. The darkness signifies civilization in the novel. The European invaded African in the name of civilization but in reality they came to Africa mainly to extract ivory from the natives. Civilization is the mirror to human nature
Christopher Lehman & Julien Hartmann March 12, 2018 Period 1-2 Bennett Book Card Title: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, 1899 Plot: A sailor, named Marlow recounts his journey to the Congo where he takes a job as a ship captain to seek Kurtz, who is known to be a reputable man. His travels illustrate the brutality of the Company and the mistreatment of the natives, as he voyages deeper into the dark jungle. In a series of obstacles and mysterious clues that hint about Kurtz’s inner personality, Marlow arrives at the inner station to find Kurtz dying. Kurtz’s imminent death leaves Marlow with a package of his reports and documents. 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.
Everyone in the world has their own way to fight off the evil and the darkness in their minds, but sometimes it can be difficult. Marlow, and ordinary sailor, goes on a fascinating yet dark adventure, as a newly hired river boat captain to find the legendary Belgium Trading company that is located up the congo river. When describing the events and the sites along the Congo River, Joseph Conrad wrote “The Heart of Darkness” in a first person view with Marlow as the main character. In this novella, the large, unknown landscape of the unexplored lands of Africa represents the darkness and corruption in people 's lifes, that everyone struggles to overcome, especially Marlow. The protagonist in this novella would be Marlow.