Theme Of Pride In Heart Of Darkness

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He is the symbol of the biblical Esau—exiling his brother (Ralph) and raging because of his hurt over not receiving what he believes to be rightfully his (the title as chief) (Oldsey and Weintraub 94). Jack grows to hate Ralph and leads a man hunt after him. Jack becomes “capable of the most heinous cruelties in the service of [his] pride” just as any man could (Fitzgerald and Kayser 79). In Heart of Darkness, all of the characters serve their pride. Pride in the homeland causes prejudice against the natives of the Congo, and this prejudice leads to abominable treatment of the black people (Fitzgerald and Kayser 85). The trading company forgets that the inhabitants of the Congo may very well have a civilization just as important as their own (Sewlall 26). Marlow reminds the reader that the sound of the “savages” drum may have “as profound a meaning as the sound of bells in a Christian country,” recognizing his prejudice, but in the service of pride, not changing his ways (Sewlall 26). Kurtz, however, has the most pride of any character. He sees himself as so far above the natives that he is worthy to be their god (Lindley 190). Kurtz’s quest for fame and acceptance in the role of god to the natives leads to his becoming his own demon—he turns his back on home…show more content…
The increased frenzy of the dance (and the activities that coincide with the dance) from beginning to end of Lord of the Flies shows the boys’ irrationality taking over (Egan 140). Kurtz’s inability to accept his so-called evil in his original curiosity about the native people of the Congo and inability to admit other “irrational” desires leads him to finish his report with “Exterminate all the brutes” and to stake the heads of “rebels” in his front lawn (Sewlall 23). It is impossible to resist the innate irrationality inside forever, so when man does try to resist, he ends up spilling over with a built-up evil (Zieglar
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