Essay on Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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The title of Joseph Conrad 's novel "Heart of Darkness" refers both to the depths of the "Dark Continent," Africa, which the story 's narrator, Marlow, enters looking for the covert ivory trader Kurtz, and to the corrupt heart of Kurtz himself.

Heart of Darkness is a novel about how the story’s narrator, Marlow, voyages up the Congo River into the heart of Africa. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard an anchored boat on the River Thames in London, England. This setting provides the structure for Marlow 's story of his obsession with Kurtz, an ivory trader, which enables Conrad to create a connection between London and Africa as places of darkness.

Conrad’s purpose was to expose the ugliness in people when uncensored and truthful. He wanted to show that evil is a human trait and anyone without moral restraint can come to believe that anything is possible as long as they are not stopped or reprimanded. Conrad wrote, “I remember the old doctor,- ‘It would be interesting for science to watch the mental changes of individuals, on the spot.’” (Conrad, 47) Through this quote Conrad explains how people’s minds changes and how they can become insensitive monsters, killing innocent people without any second thoughts. Conrad also made an effort to expose what can go on behind closed doors. When the people of the Congo were being murdered, the rest of the world was left unknown about the crimes.
Corruption is the main theme of Heart of Darkness. Kurtz was said to “had collected,…

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