A Hair 's Breadth Of The Last Opportunity Of Abdication Essay

1001 Words May 19th, 2015 5 Pages
“I was a hair’s breadth of the last opportunity of pronouncement”(Conrad 106). During this time in history many European countries were in a race to colonize, what they would call savage parts of the world. Many men traveled from all over Europe to the deep parts of Africa in an attempt to obtain rare supplies and to civilize the savages. In Heart of Darkness one sees how European companies sent white men to Africa to collect ivory. One truly witnesses how hollow the European’s civilization was, through their treatment of the Africans and how they openly abused and exploited them. These examples show how when there is a lack of external and internal restraints those who are at one time civilized become savages. In Heart of Darkness a few managers work in Africa but there are no higher ruling authorities to keep the white pilgrims in check. There are a few military outposts but those are too few and far between to exercise any control over the pilgrims. Since there are no laws, men begin to compromise their morals for personal gain. Marlow sees many black natives being abused and dying because of lack of nourishment or being over worked. “They were dying slowly—it was clear. They were not enemies, they were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now—nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom” ( 24). Along with the abuse, the white men do not pay them with anything that they really need, if they even pay them at all. They…

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