Essay about Analysis Of Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness

1231 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
“He struggled with himself, too. I saw it -- I heard it. I saw the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.” (Conrad, 140). This isolation and internal conflict, within Kurtz, is the epitome of what occurs when one is caught in a seemingly inescapable situation; losing all unnecessary components of life and relying purely on instinct and intuition. Joseph Conrad compels the readers to question the ways of thinking that occur when surrounded by the unknown. In his novel, Heart of Darkness, it is crucial to analyze Marlow’s confusion when his high expectations for his findings in the Congo disappoint him. This confusion, seen as a symbol for the loss of identity, can occur when an individual is submerged in an incomprehensible atmosphere. It is important to delve into this desolation, become familiar with it, and subsequently prevent it.
Even in Marlow’s simplest observances, Conrad foreshadows the discouragement Marlow will experience by his use of symbolism through objects having no integrity. Marlow stumbles across a cliff from which a “heavy and dull detonation [shakes] the ground” (69). He then describes that this, “objectless” commotion, is “all the work going on” (69). This mundane description of Marlow’s “gloriously” awaited first experience in the Congo, suggests that his ideas of “delightful mystery” and the Congo being a “blank space”, could lead to a realization of the hollowness which…

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