Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

1100 Words Feb 26th, 2016 null Page
A mysterious and inexplicable aspect surrounding a character’s actuality, stimulates ideas about that character before the truth is disclosed through the conclusion. In Heart of Darkness, Kurtz is the character that holds this spotlight of confusion. Joseph Conrad creates a character that is not clearly introduced until halfway through the book. Through his use of vague complexity, irrational characterization, and character isolation, Conrad is able to develop an enclosed madness surrounding the character of Kurtz in order to reinforce the theme regarding the devastating effects of untied power. Kurtz’s character in Heart of Darkness embodies a theme of confusion and complexity because of the way Joseph Conrad chooses to disclose information about his character. The first time Kurtz is introduced to the audience he is revealed as the company 's top ivory trader. At first it seems that Kurtz is very dedicated to his work and helping the company but Conrad purposely does not reveal his full character until later on in the book. The reader’s first impression of Kurtz should be a complete contrast from what the reader perceives about him by the end of the book. More confusion that develops around Kurtz is through the little insight he gives the reader based on Kurtz’s perspective. Kurtz is given very little dialogue which does not let the reader delve into his mind as one may want. Most of the interpretations of Kurtz is given through other characters and this forces the…

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