Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

1125 Words Oct 31st, 2016 5 Pages
Imperialism is defined as “the policy of extending a nation’s authority by territorial acquisition or by establishing economic and political hegemony over other nations.” As Western European powers continued to extend their empires across the world, the idea of a new imperialism would emerge between the period 1880-1914. The principle of new imperialism involved the extension of Western political and economic dominance in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. By 1880, the hectic rush of nations wanting to continue extending their empires beyond European borders would lead to the scramble for Africa. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness tells one of the most remarkable stories in Europe’s scramble for Africa regarding the acquisition of the Belgian Congo. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Charles Marlow’s tale describes the brutality of European Imperialism in the heart of the African continent, Congo, and the harsh relationships between the “conquerors” and the “conquered.” Throughout his tale, Marlow mentioned witnessing the Congo natives being mistreated and used as slave laborers. These natives were victims of cruel treatment that included starvation, torture, mutilation, murder, and long hours of tough labor. Exploitation of a nation and its people was seen as a way of benefiting the controlling nation in increasing wealth, supplies, and other resources such as that of ivory and rubber. Marlow says, “‘Six…

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