Hypocrisies In William Conrad's The Heart Of Darkness
“The minute I opened the book and began reading the first words, I knew I was in for a literary delight”, Rafael says, “The words speak to a person; one can imagine the scene that is being narrated. While reading the Heart of Darkness, I realized that the book was new and interesting in ways Conrad could never have imagined. “
At a first glance Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness may seem to …show more content…
Belgium rationalizes that they are conducting a fair trade when teaching the savages about Christianity and civilizing them in exchange for free labour and materials. These actions, were done by taking advantage of the poor Africans’ ignorance, and led to the sins of theft and murder which their bible explicitly preaches against. Moreover, although the Belgiums think that they are turning the savages into civil beings, they are ultimately revealing themselves as being the true savages. Rafael continues saying that this duplicity was only evident to her after learning about the Church’s hypocrisies when it came to dealing with the Jews in Jewish History and John Locke in World …show more content…
Upon coming across the description of the Congo River “resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country and its tail lost in the depths of the land,” Rafael relates that she imagined the Congo to be like a snake, venomous and brimming with death and deception, just like the snake tha persuade Chava to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. Additionally, Rafael understands the Congo as ejecting immorality into a person and the further one goes into the “snake’s” belly the harder it is for him to escape. This can be seen with the mysterious Kurtz, who does not want to leave when a boat is sent to take him out of his dreadful living conditions. Rafael says that this is what the Torah means when it speaks about the Evil Inclination’s great hold onto a person. Even when one is hurting himself by being entrenched in his lust and desires, he still clings onto his misdeeds.
“Re-reading this book has really shown how much I have changed,” confides Rafael. “I am certain that if not for my experiences I would not have noticed the subtle details that enrich Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I am very glad to have picked up this book again.”
Rafael continues, expressing her wonder on how she is able to notice how she has changed through literature.
“D.H. Lawrence was correct”, she breathes. “The