Book Review Of Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness Book Review Joseph Conrad, author of the novel Heart of Darkness, was born in Ukraine to Polish parents in the late 1850s. At the age of 16, Conrad began his mariner years. He sailed on multiple French commercial ships and traveled around the world. Later on, he joined the British merchant marines and went on to become a British citizen (“Joseph”). About nine years before writing the novel, Conrad was appointed to serve as captain of a steamer on the Congo River by a Belgian trading company. The experiences of Charles Marlow in Heart of Darkness were inspired by Conrad’s actual experiences on the Congo River. Conrad, upon arriving at his station, saw that his steamer was in need of repairs. Instead of fixing it, he traveled …show more content…
During this time period the British and other European countries recognized the wealth that could be made in Africa. The countries rushed to get a piece of it. German chancellor Bismarck called the Berlin conference to set rules for the division of Africa. The conference also led to King Leopold II of Belgium to create the Congo Free State. In the Congo region, authorities farmed out large tracts of land to private companies allowing them to have monopolies on the natural resources. Since these companies were not required to have outside supervision, they forced the native Africans to work for them as well as abused them (Bulliet 700). Throughout the 19th century, Britain built up a massive overseas empire which included South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Although as the nineteenth century came to a close, it was evident that Britain was not as powerful as it used to be …show more content…
The book basically retold an event that happened in Joseph Conrad’s life which he added a bit of embellishment to to deepen the meaning and create a theme. Conrad uses his experiences to convey a deep message about imperialism and its horrors. Conrad blended the the story seamlessly with historical events because he placed the novel in a historically accurate setting in the Congo. In relation to history, Conrad did not sugar coat the situation or the people. This kept the book accurate to how things actually were in Africa. Even though Heart of Darkness was based on a true experience, Conrad alters the characters and the events to tell a more thought provoking and revealing story. Although the story itself is not historically accurate since it never happened, the setting is precisely how it was in the time

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