The Great Imperialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness was written during the great imperial expansion. When Europeans saw themselves as superior due to their advanced technology and their religion, which, naturally, was the ‘only’ religion used by ‘civilized people’. Was transformed to the readers through Marlow’s experience, it is a story within a story. The story of Conrad the author, comparing the prestige invasion of the Romans to England in 43 AD that lasted about 150 years as liberating and advanced the country into the next level. Conrad seems to share the same enthusiastic view as his Aunt when explaining to Marlow on the benefit of the European taking over Africa, this is not how Marlow sees it and experiences the European dominating
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It all started with first visits the Company for his job interview he meets two women who are “knitting black wool as for a warm pall” (1701) and that these women are “. . . guarding the door of Darkness.”(1701) He describes the jungle as being “like the closed door of a prison. Referencing the natives of the African Congo. He described them as mostly black and naked moving like ants. Marlow also described his trip to Africa as “. . . this also has been one of the dark places of the earth” (1696). ”but darkness was here yesterday” (handout). Marlow describes “a sea the color of lead, a sky the color of smoke” (1697) as even more images of darkness. Marlow continues to describe how what he experienced was completely the opposite of how this adventure was painted. This was not as rosy as it was described by his aunt, not even close. All started with the chaos when landing at the outer station, a lot of activities were taking place as it is the land of confusion but not a single action was being completed. That struck him as how possible to us European, the advanced country come here to liberate and help, yet we have no idea what we are doing. He witnessed how the natives were being used as laborers and being disposed of after the job was done, they were dying like flies. I think this disturbed him more than …show more content…
He was amazed that they had more control that the British conquer. One of the major disappointment for Marlow during his adventure to Africa was Kurtz, which was placed on a pedestal from the beginning of the story as a rising star at the Company and Marlow mission was to meet up with Kurtz do see this iconic person that everyone is talking about. And after spending time with Kurtz in the jungle and seeing the atrocities inflicted on the tribal people, supposedly for the sake of the Company but in reality for Kurtz’s own personal feeling of power, Marlow can “. . . feel the savagery, the utter savagery . . . in the hearts of wild men.”

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