Heart Of Darkness : The Light And Dark Of The Souls Essay

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Heart of Darkness: The light and dark of the souls. (Psychological approach)
The novel does not explicitly deal with a struggle between war and peace: the conflict is a psychological, moral one; however, the text’s implies that society is a thin veil over our innate savagery, the darkness that is within our human nature, and in this journey it reveals the disturbing reality of the human psyche that we all have. To realize how frail we are, Conrad provides us with this image in a metaphorical language exposing the darkness in us. We will reveal this by finding how is that we master our impulses with our moral thinking. Conrad’s story is obviously about more than a trip to the Congo. It’s a journey into ourselves, it is a “study on the effects of man’s isolation from the civilized world, represented by Kurtz” (Miller 129). The title "Heart of Darkness" the name means a sense of obscure mystery. It paints paradoxes of the concepts and states of mind, such as the mental condition that Kurtz’s suffers.
The Congo is home to dark native peoples that are impersonated with a natural, primal quality, a complete contrast with the Europe people and its customs. It is hence the context where the supposed sophistication of civilized men is deconstructed, and all humans are revealed to share a common darkness. Africa and its inhabitants show an external darkness, while it is exposed that the colonizers contain darkness within. Darkness and its opposite, light, are contrasted in the…

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