The Judgmental Tone In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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In Joseph Conrad’s novella “Heart of Darkness”, the author has different tones in each book, but throughout all of the books Conrad has a judgemental tone. Conrad is honest about the atrocities that occur in the Congo but depicts them as wrong. The novella as a whole has a serious tone, because Conrad is serious about the events he’s writing about. Conrad’s judgemental tone is shown when Marlow addresses the Eldorado Exploring Expedition he says, “To tear treasure out of the bowels of the land was their desire with no more moral purpose at the back of it than there is in burglars breaking into a safe” (Conrad 35). The colonizers on the expedition are stealing prized possessions out of the native’s homeland. Marlow is upfront and honest about …show more content…
Marlow realizes that they are wrong, but he persists. When addressing his loyalty to Kurtz Marlow says, “it was written that I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice” (Conrad 77). Marlow is serious about his beliefs of Kurtz. Although the manager doesn’t approve of Kurtz’s ways, Marlow thinks he’s a remarkable man. Marlow judges Kurtz and sees qualities in Kurtz that others do not such as how Kurtz brings out the better in his people. Kurtz commits crazy, dark actions, but Marlow remains loyal to his “nightmare”. Marlow depicts a judgemental tone by stating his feelings towards Kurtz. Conrad uses a judgemental tone when Marlow arrives in Europe. Marlow views the people as irritating. They go on with their lives, spending money left and right, meanwhile the natives are in danger. Marlow finds it hard that the Europeans can be that oblivious. Conrad doesn’t approve of the colonizers masquerading their philanthropic desires. Conrad wrote “Heart of Darkness” to bring indignation of masquerading philanthropy. He has a judgemental tone. The process of colonization is dark, yet Conrad remains honest about it, and shows how wrong it is. That way he can get his point across to readers who will be more likely to trust Conrad if he’s serious about his …show more content…
The speaker feels alone in life, which is where the title comes from. It is hard to admit that a person isn’t like everyone else. Poe says, “From every depth of good and ill/ the mystery of which binds me still” (Poe 11-12). In the speaker’s life there are hard times and good times, but they hold them together. Marlow thinks about his experience in Africa when he is back in Europe. Marlow witnessed savagery, but he also saw the good in Kurtz. His experience in the Congo is what makes Marlow the character he is. Both Poe and Marlow are honest about their different opinions. The poem “Alone” by Edgar Allan Poe has a similar, judgemental, tone to “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad. While Conrad is judging the colonists, Poe is using a speaker who is judging himself. Both authors care about the topics in their work. They are honest about the trouble facing them even when they could take the dark parts out of their works they choose not too, in order to give readers a better view of the

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