Essay on Analysis Of Joseph Condrad 's ' Heart Of Darkness '

1689 Words Oct 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Lies, corruption, and failure are all central to the narrative of Joseph Condrad’s masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. The book details two separate stories, one of a man on a boat on the Thames, reciting a story while waiting to go to sea, and the other focusing on that man’s story of a descent down the Congo River. The man, Marlow, was hired by “The Company”, representative of the corrupt imperialist governments of the time, to reestablish connection to their inner most station in the Congo, run by a man named Kurtz. Through his long journey, Marlow sees the real horrors which accompany imperialism, but at the same time, Conrad uses Marlow and Kurtz to critique imperialism. The critique of imperialism within Heart of Darkness is directly reflected within the narrative elements of the story, as well as the portrayal of some of the characters within it. The critique manifests itself within the roles some characters assume as caretakers or victims within the story. The clear meaning of Kurtz becomes obvious when a comparison of him is drawn to the native population which is being abused by the company. Because Kurtz shares traits similar to those of the Congolese, it makes it plausible that they are both meant to be the victims of the imperialist ivory trade. When recounting his time with Kurtz, Marlow remarks “the wilderness had patted him on the head… and he had withered; it [the jungle] had taken him, loved him, embraced him, gone into his veins, consumed his flesh, and…

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