Civilized In Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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How “Civilized” is defined in Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness.

Introduction
Heart of darkness is an English novella written by Polish writer, Joseph Conrad, and was first published in 1902. The novella tells Charles Marlow’s journey through Africa where he worked as a riverboat pilot in the Congo. His longing dream was to go on an adventure, exploring the mysterious land of Africa. But during that time, Africa was in a state of conflict due to slavery that led to many violence and killings. Marlow was assigned to pick up several documents and reports from the inner circle where he meets Kurtz, head of an ivory sector, also known to be a cruel ruler to the natives. From the following characters, we can see just how humans could treat,
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He took the job due to his interest in Africa along with the payment he could gain. When he was there he saw unethical acts, illness and others to which he portrays in his novels such as The Heart of Darkness. The novella also reflects the acts of imperialism led by King Leopold II of Belgium during the late 19th century. Leopold took land wealth and power provided in Africa by forced. Belgium then gained control of the Congo up till 1960. As noted in the book, Leopold ruthlessly, he enslaved the native Congo people by threatening their family if they do not gather enough, in majority ivory and rubber per day. Due to this production was fairly cheap and the fact that Africa was so far away from Europe, European agents had more incentive and freedom to further oppress and exploit the natives. One of the many reason to diseases, like ones experienced by Kurtz is due to the standard of living provided within the …show more content…
This is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. He had something to say. He said it. . . . He had summed up—he had judged. ‘The horror!’ He was a remarkable man.”

Kurtz
Is known as the chief of the inner station and the main aim of Marlow’s travels. Throughout the novel we are able to see that he is a gifted in the arts- both in painting and music. He has a personality that attracts and brings men into following his orders. He is somewhat out casted by his fellow white men due to his unwillingness to follow European colonial behavior by excessively mingling with the natives without any concern of his physical

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