Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

1316 Words Dec 31st, 2015 6 Pages
Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire.” - Karl Liebknecht. Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad, which centers around Charles Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities. Imperialism had a negative effect on the Congo. Some of the negative impacts of Belgian imperialism in Congo include: Belgians stole their resources, especially the ivory, made everything worst instead of civilizing, and were brutal on the people. First of all, the European trading company and the Belgian government stole the resources from Congo. The Belgian government’s original purpose for colonizing Congo was to gain ivory, derived from the tusks of elephants. In 1891, the Belgian government took total control over the ivory trade in Congo. Ivory was a luxurious commodity that required no processing, it was used in upper- class art and manufacturing in products such as jewelry, carvings, and piano keys; due to this reason, the European trading company controlled by the Belgian government collected ivory as much as they can; since, they had an idea that it is very beneficial for them. For instance, “Further questions elicited from him that Mr. Kurtz was at present in charge of a trading-post, a very important one, in the true ivory-country, at ‘the very bottom of there. Sends in as much ivory as…

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