Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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In reality, the actions taken by colonists in Joseph Conrad’s book Heart of Darkness where as simple as both burglary with violence, and conquest by annihilation. The men who work at the Company pronounce their work as a simple “Trade” and their treatment of the natives as a benevolent part of a project to “educate” them. Therefore, they were vanquishers above all else, whether it was vanquishing their soul from their actions or taking the life of another. Their strength was false and it only came from the feebleness of others not from the influence within their own soul. Heart of Darkness explores the issues of imperialism in complicated ways, colonists are praised as saviors of “savage” Indians and great expansionist of white colonization, traveling to “undomesticated” civilizations to rummage for what they desire.
As Marlow entered the inner-station he saw the torturing of chained slaves, the cruelty of seeing dying natives on the ground, and the certain slavery of natives. Therefore, he did not see “benevolent project” to civilize the natives, it was a “civilized” effort to use Africans as tools. Although, Marlow really saw was the damage that lead to the breaking of the white man’s soul. “A sentimental presence” (Conrad 8) not a feeling, but a knowledge that it was an unselfish believe that
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Consequently, the example of killing an African chief, as done by Fresleven, reflects of the need of power by “civilized” men who came in and out of the jungle. Marlow also refers to his helmsman as a piece of machinery or better yet and “improved specimen”. Due to this evidence, clearly violence and discrimination of natives are among the central reasons why colonists travel to “barren” places in the jungle. Not to achieve a connection with the natives and treat them as equals, but to degrade them to seem strong from the weakness of

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