Analysis Of George Orwell 's ' The ' Of A Brother ' Essay

1107 Words May 20th, 2015 5 Pages
“The idleness of a passenger, my isolation amongst all these men with whom I had no point of contact, the oily and languid sea, the uniform somberness of the coast, seemed to keep me away from the truth of things, within the toil of a mournful and senseless delusion. The voice of the surf heard now and then was a positive pleasure, like the speech of a brother” (Conrad 14). Marlow is describing how alone he feels in this new world he’s entered, and he’s not the only one. And every European who went to Africa at this time felt the same way. They felt homesick, lonely, and completely out of their comfort zone. However, deep down inside, they felt free. They were free from all moral restraints that they knew during their life in Europe. There was nothing holding them back from achieving the power that every man’s heart secretly desires. And every European that Marlow encountered during his time in Africa had once felt the same way, including Kurtz and the manager. They were all enchanted in a way by this new scenery and new people. And these different surroundings transformed them and encouraged them to pursue what their hearts truly wanted, power. Joseph Conrad illustrates in Heart of Darkness how men will reveal their true heart of darkness when separated from their external and internal moral restraints (family, friends, authority, laws, etc.). Although a job of the European, who go to Africa to collect ivory, is to humanize the natives, the natives prove to be…

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