Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

886 Words Dec 14th, 2014 4 Pages
In the winter of 1995 a video game, titled Tales of Phantasia, was released for the Super Famicon. What seemed like a trivial game to be played by small children started with a profound quote: “Truly, if there is evil in this world, it lurks within the hearts of men.” Many masterpieces of literature focus on the evil of the world and its relations with humans. One such work is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Conrad uses the cultural, physical, and geographic surroundings to shift the moral and psychological traits of characters to reveal the stages of man’s inevitable corruption: the ignorant man, the man who has stood on precipice, and the man who fell into the void.
The first type of character revealed in Heart of Darkness is the ignorant. As Marlow’s tale progresses he stops and exclaims to his audience, “You can’t understand. How could you?— with solid pavement under your feet, surrounded by kind neighbours… Of course you may be too much of a fool to go wrong— too dull even to know you are being assaulted by the powers of darkness.” Marlow has trouble getting his audience to fully realize the scope of his tale. The others on the boat cannot completely understand Marlow’s tale because they have never been in a situation that is comparable. Marlow and Kurtz were also originally part of the ignorant. Marlow describes Kurtz life before he travelled into the Congo by saying, “[He] had been educated partly in England, and—as he was good enough to say himself—his sympathies…

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