Literary Criticism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Register to read the introduction… The doctor believes that Marlow is going through changes and by understand what the changes represent for Marlow, readers can identify his relationship to the authors understanding of the novel. Marlow believes he was changing in the way the doctor stated, “He was very anxious for me to kill somebody, but there wasn't the shadow of a carrier near. I remembered the old doctor -- 'It would be interesting for science to watch the mental changes of individuals, on the spot.' I felt I was becoming scientifically interesting. However, all that is to no purpose” (Pg. 86). By understanding Marlow’s mindset and change, readers can benefit from this and grasp a better understanding of what the author wants the readers to understand in the novel. Marlow detests lies, however in the novel, this is contradicted, by understanding why Marlow contradicts himself, readers can identify the moral meaning of why he lies in representation of the author. Marlow describes his hatred for lies, “You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies -- which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world” (Pg. 96). If a reader can understand why Marlow hates lies but why he ends up contradicting himself …show more content…
Historicism is portrayed through the conquering of the Congo, the racism between the whites and natives and the grove of death. Psychoanalytic theory is portrayed through Marlow’s changes, the contradictions of Marlow’s lying and his concerns for Kurtz’s well being. Marxist theory is portrayed through the accountant in white’s arrogance, the conditions the chain gang are put through and the blaming of the shed fire. In essence, literary criticism theories are developed in order for the readers of the novel to understand they underlying context of the novel. The study of this literary criticism theories can help further a readers interpretation of the novel and the relationship between the character’s and the

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