Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's ' The Heart Of Darkness ' Essay

1265 Words Nov 24th, 2015 6 Pages
The Congo in The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is one of the greatest obstacles that Marlow (protagonist) must face when he decides to journey to Kurtz’s station to meet the legendary ivory collector. On Marlow’s journey nature provides a constant and arduous threat that Conrad embodies as the jungle in the Congo. Nature itself in the book has a multitude of meanings and uses, such as an antagonist for Marlow, and a constant theme throughout the book. For Marlow, while on his journey he finds a great veneration for nature as he sees its raw power when left unchecked by humanity. Eventually, Marlow comes to believe that nature cannot be domesticated or controlled by man due to nature 's overwhelming power. In other words, Marlow believes that nature can never be domesticated by humanity’s constant exploitation of nature.

When Marlow is describing the earth as a shackled beast he is showing us how humanity is trying to control nature by conquering it, but the earth is resilient and will not be restrained.

When Marlow is telling the story of his time as a captain of a steam boat he comes to the point where he is in the Jungles of the Congo floating on river going to see Kurtz, A man said to export vast amounts of ivory. While floating down the river to Kurtz’s station Marlow notices the jungle and thinks to himself, “The earth seemed unearthly. We are accustomed to look upon the shackled form of a conquered monster, but there— there you could look at a thing monstrous…

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