Analysis Of ' Heart Of Darkness ' And ' The Great Gatsby ' Essay

1579 Words Nov 9th, 2015 7 Pages
"Each station should be like a beacon on the road towards better things, a center for trade of course, but also for humanizing, improving, instructing" (Conrad 548-64). This a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and could be viewed as a metaphor for a life experience that forces a person to decide what kind of person they are going to be. The main character from Heart of Darkness, Marlow, can be seen as similar to Nick Carraway, the main character from Scott F. Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, in the sense that they are both travelers. Both men are beginning a new journey in their lives; Marlow beginning his trip in Africa and Nick starting his new life in New York City. In addition to their physical journeys, they are also on a journey of personal growth. At first they are both incredibly naive and oblivious to their new environment and the true nature of the people around them. As they learn more about their surroundings, their morals and perceptions of society are altered. Despite being in similar situations, having some similar character traits such as prejudice, and facing similar moral dilemmas, both men change in completely different ways. Nick is able to distinguish what is wrong and walk away from it. Marlow justifies the evil he encounters and remains passive despite the extreme immorality he has witnessed. Of the two characters, Nick emerges from his journey as the more admirable character.
When their journeys begin, both Marlow and Nick are very naive…

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