The Darkness in Heart of Darkness

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2644 words

The Darkness in Heart of Darkness

It can be said that a certain degree of darkness lies within every person,

but this darkness will not surface unless given the correct environment. The

darkness, however, can emerge and ultimately destroy the person if not checked

by reason. If one's inner darkness does surface, the victim then is given the

opportunity to reach a point in personal growth, and to gain a sense of self-

knowledge from it. That is, when one's darkness appears, one must learn from

this experience how he or she can prevent similar results from occurring in the

future. It is ultimately through self-knowledge that we gain the power to

defeat our inner darkness, and all of its elements. Just as everyone has the

potential for evil within themselves, we too have the potential for true

goodness. In many literary works the author attempts to exemplify the evil

which lies within by showing many characters which have been, or are being

overcome by their inner darkness. In the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph

Conrad we see how Marlow's journey into his ultimate evil, into his inner self,

can be a positive experience. By contrasting Marlow with Kurtz, who represents

the absolute evil, we can see the two products of an inner evil which has

emerged. Marlow, who defeats his evil, and gains self-knowledge, and Kurtz, who

is defeated by his darkness and falls prey to its wrath. In William Golding's

Lord of the Flies the author points out how easily people can be over taken by

the darkness, how the potential for good can be destroyed by the evil, but

ideally how good will triumph. Through an examination of these two works we can

see how the darkness within, given the correct environment will surface. The

circumstances which eventually cause the appearance of the inner darkness in

these two novels stems from the lack of civility, the true test, or journey

which every life contains, and finally the product of evil which lies in all of

us, either through acts of commission or omission.

When people lack the aspect of civility in their lives they too will lack

the restraints and barriers it has on one's inner evil.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that a certain degree of darkness lies within every person.
  • Describes the opportunities to reach a point in personal growth, and to gain self-esteem.
  • Explains that the absolute evil, we can see the two products of an inner evil which has
  • Analyzes how lord of the flies points out how easily people can be overtaken by people.
  • Opines that every life contains evil and the product of evil which lies in all of life.
  • Opines that when people lack the aspect of civility in their lives, they too will lack.
  • Analyzes how the desolate island in the lord of the flies represents chaos to overpower.
  • Opines that the island is a reef out in the reef.
  • Opines that we've got to have rules and obey them.
  • Analyzes how he incorporates the conch which aids in the order of the island.
  • Quotes golding's quote, "we can't do this, the savages, they would crush us."
  • Opines that they don't know how this would have struck them.
  • Opines that the lack of order and reason in most cases isn't a match for the absence of reason.
  • Compares the darkness which surfaced in kurtz and the natives of the region.
  • Compares kurtz's greed for money and power to jack and the hunters.
  • Explains that kurtz's growth was not only a result of the jungle, but it was also shown through the show.
  • Narrates how he almost lost his sense and civility, despite having the most tests.
  • Opines that perhaps they knew before but don't know now 'cos we'll know where we are.
  • Opines that life is a test, but the important thing is that you learn from it.
  • Explains that when marlow's time came to take his test, it was not necessarily that he took the test.
  • Opines that kurtz might have attempted the journey or test he was faced with.
  • Opines that if the test but failed, an action which can, but not in these two cases, result in a negative result.
  • Explains that the evil which lies within all of us has a third and final way of showing it.
  • Opines that tests of life, it is imperative that one takes the test, for one cannot avoid it.
  • Opines that the lack of civility and restraints for good is the test which we must face.
  • Explains that the ones that result in goodness are a learning experience in which one learns.
  • Compares the island in lord of the flies and the congo in the heart of darkness.
  • Explains that every person must undergo the ultimate test at some point in their life time.
  • Opines that it is better to attempt the test and fail than to have never taken it.
  • Explains that piggy and ralph can be compared to marlow in the fact that they had either passed the test or not.
  • Explains that darkness within them surfaced due to that fact that not only did they fail to take the test of life, but they appeared to be content with the situation.
  • Explains that commit acts as a channel in which evil or darkness will begin to show. the dark forces which lay in jack and his group were confirmed by their final direct.
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