Personification Of Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Symbolism Of Darkness And Darkness

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Register to read the introduction… Marlow states, “They howled and leaped and spun and made horrid faces, but what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity - like yours - the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar.” Most critics would proclaim that Conrad insinuates that he believes that the white race is above the natives of the African jungle. However, one must remember that Kurtz becomes an example of such behavior later in the novel. He is the personification of imperialism, thus he represents all aspects of what could become of that institution. …show more content…
He is a top agent, skilled collector, master of rhetoric, and, finally, god to anyone he meets, Marlow, the Russian, and the natives included. He is the ideals and corruption of Europe combined with the freedom and evil nature of total unrestraint that has been characterized with Africa. His greed for ivory is a symbol for all the lust that Europe had for the whole earth, and eventually, it is because of his greed that he becomes the animal that Marlow encounters. “The horror” of his own situation leaves Marlow to dwell on the ideals that he has been taught, as well as what Kurtz could have been thinking in his last moments. Conrad wrote the book so that Kurtz would be a lost man. He is lost for the reason of conveying the eventual destruction of European

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