Essay about Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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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 up river on a different steamer. When the captain became ill, Conrad took over the steamer. On the return trip Conrad became very ill and returned to Europe but soon returned to Africa to serve out the three-year term of his contract (Conrad 3). Conrad wanted to share his experiences with others and he achieved this through his writing. Conrad also wanted to challenge the reader’s mind by connecting the individual characters to the broader theme of human history and imperialism (“Joseph”). The journeys and adventures that Joseph Conrad experienced are shared with the reader through thought provoking tale of Heart of Darkness. Heart of Darkness begins on a boat with men sitting around swapping stories before sunset. Charles Marlow…

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