Summary Of Colonialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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The first chapter of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness mainly depicts the journey that Charles Marlow, the protagonist of the story, makes into the heart of Africa in order to become an ivory transporter. The novel begins by with introduction of various characters including Marlow by an unnamed narrator. The Marlow and the unnamed narrator are aboard the Nellie. The boat had been temporarily docked in order to wait for change in tide. During that short break Marlow begins to talk about his previous adventure to the heart of Africa. Marlow, who describes himself as someone who had always wanted to travel around the world even as a child sees a map of Africa and the Congo River and remembers about a trading company operating there. Marlow becomes determined to go to Africa and become a steamboat captain. Marlow through various influences is able to acquire a job as ivory transporter down the Congo and soon sets off to reach his post. However, when he reaches Africa Marlow, through encounters with various situations and individuals,…show more content…
Conrad tires to establish that imperialism and colonialism have negative effects on an individual’s mental health. The ideologies of imperialism and colonialism are both heavily influenced by the need for economic gain. However, throughout the first chapter Conrad tries to show that this type of ideology has a negative effect on an individual’s mental health. A key example of this is the scene with the doctor. The doctor implies that individuals often change when they go places where there is an influence of imperialism. Another example occurs as Marlow’s makes his way to his posting. Marlow hears the story about how another man, who was traveling to Africa for the same purposes as Marlow, hung himself. Conrad tries to establish that imperialism and colonialism are a a destructive force to an individual’s mental

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