A Journey from the Congo River to Europe in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness is a 146 page, adventure tale novella written by Joseph Conrad. This book can be found in our school library and many other libraries in the area. The novella is about a British sailor named Marlow, who recounts his journey from the Congo River to Europe. On his journey, Marlow meets a man named Kurtz and attempts to bring him back to Europe. Many complications such as attacks from the natives, sickness, and a boat repair set hardships on Marlow’s journey, developing the main character, the theme, and mood of the novella. The first subject this report will focus on is the main character. The protagonist of this novella is Charlie Marlow; a recurring character from Joseph Conrad’s other books. Marlow is a man who is …show more content…
In addition, as Marlow and the crew walk deeper in the “heart of darkness” (forest), he states “We were wanderers on a prehistoric earth, on an earth that wore the aspect of an unknown planet.” (Conrad 63). This shows that Marlow has a creative way of viewing events, making him a believable character. This quote makes him a believable character because it shows he has an active imagination. All in all, Marlow is a character who is tainted by the horrid truths of the world (corruption of the higher ups), despite this fact, he is still able to think uniquely, making him a believable character. The next topic this report will focus on is the theme of the novella. Conrad’s main purpose for writing this novel was to portray the hypocrisy of imperialism and man in the natural world. For example, throughout the novella, the pilgrims (company workers) call their type of work (taking ivory from force), “trade” and their cruel treatment towards the Africans, “civilization.” This emphasizes the importance of the theme because it shows how appalling the mindset of the people of the past was. The people of modern times’ mindset have changed for the better in how we can see the corruptness of our actions. In addition, as Marlow rolls around in the grass, he finds a boiler and says “The thing looked as dead as the carcass of some animal. I came upon more pieces of decaying machinery, a stack of rusty rails.” (Conrad 25). This passage shows the power of nature in how it changes

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