Conrad uses Kurtz in a way to show the absolute corruption and lack of self-restraint Marlow encounters in the Congo. When the novel starts Marlow imagines his trip into the Congo will be an adventure in the unknown, but as he gets deeper and deeper into the jungle Marlow discovers the darkest part of the human mind. Marlow is horrified by what he sees around him and is held from oblivion only by the hope he holds for discovering the genius, Mr. Kurtz. Marlow discovers that the only thing that gives people restraint in society, and when left to himself man will become no better than a common animal. Only a rear and extraordinary man can control himself and those surroundings, Marlow believes that Kurtz is such a 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. No man 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).
Kurtz’s madness and brutality is a reflection of the evil that resides in the hearts of all men. The temptation of the grove, the dark side of human nature, has a strong power over Kurtz, so much so that he prefers to remain in the primitive and savage Africa. He would prefer to be free of society and legal boundary. For Kurtz “the wilderness had patted him on the head, and behold, it was like a ball- an ivory ball; it had caressed him and- lo! He had withered; it had taken him, embraced him, got into his veins, consumed his flesh, and sealed his soul to its own by the inconceivable ceremonies of some devilish initiation” (Conrad, 1990, pg.76).
Critical Review of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness The understanding of evil and its genesis could not be achieved without submerging into the reality of iniquity. In Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", Marlow went through an unsurpassable physiological burden of the Congo River to understand the mystic and the brilliance of Kurtz's dark and destructive mind and soul; the resemblance of true evil. This novel portrays the tragic outcome of the severe European dominion over the helpless African population and the destruction of fundamental human conventions and beliefs. The ignorance and misunderstanding with which the colonists were driven to imaginary wealth and authority nourished the hidden potential of evil that lies within each person and brought a great wave of disaster to the Congo River. The novel places us into the epicenter of mysterious Congo Jungle, full of darkness, savagery, greed and death.
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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is an invigorating story that is concerned with a main character Marlow’s struggle to suppress his inner evil and maintain his sense of morality as he is bound by the evil and violent ways of his shipmates and the natives among the Congo River. Marlow’s desire to do good grows futile as he enters a world where no goodness exists and the best he can do is choose between the lesser of two evils. Conrad uses Marlow to reveal that all humans have an inner evil that can surface under particular circumstances like greed, lack of civility, and disorder. Marlow begins his journey with high morals and an ignorance of native Africa. He becomes acquainted with a seaman named Kurtz, a brilliant man in everyone’s eyes, who fights the same battle as Marlow but eventually gives into greed.
"Heart of Darkness , which follows closely the actual events of Conrad's Congo journey, tells of the narrator's fascination by a mysterious white man, Kurtz, who, by his eloquence and hypnotic personality, dominates the brutal tribesmen around him. Full of contempt for the greedy traders who exploit the natives, the narrator cannot deny the power of this figure of evil who calls forth from him something approaching reluctant loyalty. " The main characters in both have the same general personalities but have different names. Of course, Kurtz is Kurtz, Willard parallels Marlow, and the American photojournalist corresponds to the Russian Harlequin. Willard is a lieutenant for the US Army and Marlow is a captain of a steamboat of an ivory company.
Above all, we still do all this with ignorance. With Ishmael as a guide, we can better understand how Conrad’s more intricate story critiques taker lifestyle. Laying out the major issues in Ishmael will reveal insight to the imagery and symbolism in Heart of Darkness. Quinn states that man believes that the leaver community to be “a place of lawless chaos and savage, relentless competition, where every creature goes in terror of its life” (Quinn 117). Not until takers conquer these places of “lawless chaos” can these lands be “paradise for man” (222).
From this moment on, Babo is a malign devil and Melville removes speech from Babo’s mouth. This strengthen our opinion of Babo as ‘evil’ even more, for how can we sympathise with him without hearing his version of the story? Apparently, Melville proposes no other alternative for the reader than to sympathise with the white slave owner Don Benito, whom Babo so ingeniously deceives. This is fundamentally different in Douglass’s narrative. It is written in the first person singular and o... ... middle of paper ... ...though Babo suffers a literary death, he is the one with the last laugh.
The only thing that European civilization is capable of is stealing the African wealth. Throughout the novel, Africa is not only being described as dark but also mysterious and dangerous where light could be turned into darkness. The setting when Marlow tells his tale is foreshadowing of what is to come. The setting changes as Europeans drive deeper into the Congo, and the white man collapses under the infinite darkness of the Co... ... middle of paper ... ...e death. "(Page 29 HOD), and this is a clear evidence that proves how Marlow’s morals have been destroyed as he moves to each station.