Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad Essay

1082 Words May 7th, 2015 5 Pages
“But his soul was mad. Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself, and, by heavens! I tell you, it had gone mad” (Conrad 100). In Heart of Darkness Conrad portrays man as he perceives him to be, a dark animal consumed by the evil in his heart. He, being an atheist, understands no ultimate authority for right and wrong, but he does see a corruption in the hearts of men. He narrates the story through Marlow, a sailor journeying into the Congo, and captures the experience of travelling to an uncivilized land. Conrad believes man is controlled by the restraints of society and when those restraints are removed, he becomes an animal. In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad illustrates that outside of social restraints there is nothing to stop men from yielding to the darkness of their hearts. When the men come to the Congo, they lose the social accountability they had in Europe. In the age of Imperialism, countries colonize previously unreached countries in hope of finding new resources or gaining something from the people. The companies send the men over, justifying it by claiming to humanize and bring civilization to the natives. The paradox Conrad reveals is that although the Europeans come to make the natives civilized; they end up being more like savages than the natives. In Brussels, the men are developed in a society with rules and guidelines, which keep them away from the evilness in their hearts. Men have others to hold them accountable to being law-abiding…

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