From racism, the idea of civilization vs. uncivilized life came about. Conrad used the “light and dark” difference regarding this. The light represented civilization –the civilized or “good” …show more content…
He illustrated that no matter how strong someone’s beliefs and morals are, once they are placed into a world of no rules and regulations, the greediness and their own savage self will shine through.
In this story, darkness was not only shown through the disturbing acts of racism, but was also shown as an unforgiving force that eventually drove all of the characters to drop the holds of society and civilization and showed through their actions. “Conrad implied that every man has a heart of darkness that is usually drowned out by the light of civilization. (http://www.*.com/)” Everybody, some time in their lives, will discover this darkness that plagues their soul.
1) Barron’s Booknotes. “Heart of Darkness”. Online. February 1, 2001 www.barronsbooknotes.com
2) Spark Notes. “Heart of Darkness”. Online. January 30, 2001 www.SparkNotes.com
3) Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness. Doubleday & Company, Inc. Copyright 1910
4) ChuckIII’s College Resources. “Heart of Darkness”. Online. January 30, 2001