A Heart of Darkness

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In this short story, there are frequent significant subject and ideas that make the story, "A Heart of Darkness," by Joseph Conrad, and haunting novel. The main theme is absolute white power over the natives. The theme validates the corruption, and the dependence caused by the white people as they took over the Congo. White men were giving all the power; they had no self-control, and in the end they did not use wisely. The white men became immoral. In the Heart of Darkness, the main character is Charlie Marlow. He is a self-motivated character who basically controls the development of the theme. Through Marlow’s experiences and revelations, the author illustrates how forces of light and darkness serve to weave the human soul together; thus, fundamentally how well and evil are reflected in an individual. Marlow’s journey leads him in an urgent search for Kurtz, the one man who can provide him with the truth about himself. Like Marlow, Kurtz came to the Congo in hopes to bring “light” and civilization to a backwards society. Congo was under Belgium's power as stated here: “The Congo Free State was a former state in Africa covering much of the territory that comprises the modern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in the 1880s through agreements with local rulers by a group of European investors headed by Leopold II, King of the Belgians. (http://history.state.gov/countries/congo-free-state) He is a highly-educated, refined gentleman; however, in the end, the brutal nature of the Congo forces him to resort to the life of a murderer and pilferer. The name Kurtz itself has symbolic meaning. “The physical shortness in Kurtz implies a shortness of character and spirit” (Heart of Darkness: A systemat... ... middle of paper ... ...he true nature of man. He concludes that within every man lies a heart of darkness. “This heart is drowned in a bath of light shed by the advent of civilization. Norman is an island, and no man can live on the island without becoming a brutal savage. Inside his heart lies the raw evil of untamed lifestyle” (Heart of Darkness: A systematic evaluation). Works Cited "The Congo" Created December 07, 1995 (Accessed 12 February 1997). Conrad, Joseph. “Heart of Darkness” . New York: Penguin Books, 1983. "The Fear" Created December 07, 1995 (Accessed 12 February 1997). "Heart of Darkness: A systematic evaluation of the darkness inherent in men's souls" "The Perfect Native" Created December 07, 1995 (Accessed 12 February 1997). http://history.state.gov/countries/congo-free-state "The Setting" Created December 07, 1995 (Accessed 12 February 1997).

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