Essay on Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness

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Joseph Conrad reviews colonialism in Africa in the fictional novel Heart of Darkness, as the Europeans anticipate colonizing Africa. Africa, which is seen as a dark place throughout the novel, was poorly understood and nearly unknown during that time, and colonialism was seen as the brighter future for this continent. Through Marlow’s adventures in this novel, the exploitation of colonialism being inflicted upon African natives by the Europeans is explored more intensely. The use of figurative and literal darkness supports the hypocrisy of imperialism. While the Europeans feel that they are brightening the future for Africa through their conquering, the reality of the purpose is far more related to the lack of moral limitations for this continent, and they are more likely to control and take over the civilians of this location. The darkness description, along with the hypocrisy of imperialism, are used to represent a purpose of colonialism, and Marlow’s personal experiences highlight and support the release of darkness from those colonialist’s hearts. The history of colonialism between the Europeans and Africa represent a resistance from the Africans. They wouldn’t allow their countries to be colonized by foreign domination, but by the early twentieth century, most of Africa was colonized by European powers. “The European push into Africa was motivated by three main factors, economic, political, and social.” (Iwerieber, The Colonization of Africa) Along with these factors,…

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