The Role Of Colonialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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How could a society appear so stable, as people are treated inhumanely? Surely a thriving community would demand justice? Heart of Darkness recants the tale of Joseph Conrad on his voyage up the Congo River, into the Congo Free State in the heart of Africa, through the perspective of narrator and adventurer, Marlow. Marlow tells his story to friends aboard a boat anchored on the River Thames, London, England. This setting provides the frame for Marlow 's story of his obsession with the ivory trader Kurtz. In Heart of Darkness, the application of internal monologue manifests Kurtz’s brutalization of the natives, showing his inability to release power, bringing into question the motives of domination. It is important to view this aspect of the book because it helps convey the thematic concept of …show more content…
The literary use of internal monologue has brought a serious tone to colonialism by the privatization of Marlow’s thoughts. Imperialism is a matter which showcases the extent of humanity’s selfishness. Domination is dehumanizing, obsessive, and corrupt. It is intolerable to an extent, to dominate. Though it is human nature, there comes a point in everyone’s life where they personally feel demoralized in some way, by another. Whether it be a close individual, or some odd one you have never encountered, demoralization happens on numerous occasions throughout each and every day. It truly is, inevitable. Such as death, and many more uncountable things. Moving forward with caution but an open mind can help captivate the thoughts you encounter on a daily, and push you to become more intimate with yourself, and others. So, how could a society appear so stable, as people are treated inhumanely? Perhaps, a single individual in power can override a community. Perhaps, a single individual holds greats power within

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