Leon Rom

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  • Theories: A Post-Colonial Criticism Of 'Heart Of Darkness'

    Sulky Devils: A Post-Colonial Criticism of Heart of Darkness “And between whiles I had to look after the savage who was fireman. He was an improved specimen; he could fire up a vertical boiler...and what he knew was this - that should the water in that transparent thing disappear, the evil spirit inside the boiler would get angry through the greatness of his thirst, and take a terrible vengeance.” (Conrad 45) Throughout much of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, there lurks a theme of Marlow’s, and Kurtz’s, perceived superiority. When Marlow speaks of the natives, there is an air of pity in his language. He sees himself as more developed, although there does seem to be validity in his view. Marlow is a white man coming into the Congo, to work among these savages and to bring riches back to England. He is there to conquer undiscovered land, the “place of darkness” (Conrad 9). This darkness not only represents the mysteries of the jungle, but also the people who reside within it, dark literally and figuratively. Eurocentrism and the presence of the subaltern guide Marlow through the jungle. Relying much on the language and social implications used by Conrad, the post-colonial lens “is a hybrid alliance of philosophy with linguistic theory with literary analysis” (Willette). Its goal is to go much deeper than just the easily understood surface bigotry. Instead, the lens is able to dig into the tensions threaded between the lines of Marlow’s intricately spun tale. Winding along the…

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  • The Importance Of Colonialism In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is one of the most known novels in English literature. The story begins when Marlow, who works for a Belgian company, went on a journey to the heart of Africa as a steamship captain. Through his journey, he heard the name of Kurtz for the first time. Then the name repeated many times which made Marlow, who is our narrator in addition to another unknown narrator, interested to know about Kurtz. Kurtz works for the company as an ivory trader in the Congo which was…

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  • Archetypal Lens Of Good Vs. Evil In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

    The Archetypal Lens of Good vs. Evil in Heart of Darkness In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad focuses on the main characters of Marlow, the story’s narrator, who recounts his journey into the interior of the Congo, and Kurtz, an ivory trader, who is shrouded in mystery as Marlow is eager to meet him. Through the archetypes of the hero’s journey and shadow, both Marlow and Kurtz become deeply affected by their setting, which illuminates the theme of good versus evil. Throughout Heart of Darkness,…

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  • The Transformation Of Kurtz In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

    In times of distress, or in times of chaos, people will desperately look for something positive or orderly such as in Heart of Darkness (by Joseph Conrad) when Marlow stood amazed at the well-kept Chief Accountant. Even in chaotic areas however, someone may meet a charismatic individual, like how Marlow met Kurtz, and begin to obsess over that person instead of something that reminds them of home. For Marlow in Heart of Darkness, his complexity grows as he transitions from obsessing over the end…

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  • The Importance Of Racism In Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness follows the main character, Marlow, and his journey in search of Mr. Kurtz in the Congo to bring him back to England. Marlow eventually finds Mr. Kurtz and witnesses how he exploits the African people due to the fact that they worship him; Mr. Kurtz dies on the trip back. Conrad’s language throughout the novella is extremely descriptive of the natural landscape of the new land he is traveling around. Within the description of the new land he is witnessing, he also describes the…

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  • Savagery And Symbolism In Heart Of Darkness, By Joseph Conrad

    Savage: a term often used to describe someone or something that is unruly and uncivil. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, is a novella, in which the main character, Marlow, tells of his journey to Africa, a land full of savages, to obtain imperialism. In Heart of Darkness, Conrad uses the Congo habitat as a symbol of darkness to aid the practice of imperialism while also being responsible for the psychologically obscure side of a man. Conrad negatively represents Africa to symbolize that really…

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  • Essay On Propaganda In Animal Farm

    Animal Farm Essay The US has utilized propaganda techniques through history during international crisis and war. George Orwell visibly uses propaganda in his fictional novel Animal Farm. The book is set on a farm called Manor Farm, which was changed to Animal Farm, with talking animals who rebel against their farmer. According to Orwell, the novel symbolizes events leading up to the Russian Revolution and then later on to the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union. Characters like Snowball and…

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  • The Elephant And The Dove Analysis

    The Elephant and the Dove The relationship of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is considered one of the most notable and controversial of modern times. This pair of brilliant and passionate artists can easily be considered to be a true power couple in the 20th century. Mexico 's most famous artists have certainly changed many people 's thoughts of their native home and together, Frida and Diego, have laid down a road for artists of the future to follow. It is their obvious differences that make…

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  • Rooster Descriptive Writing

    Yellow, about three foot tall, very fast, and my worst nightmare. The protector of my grandmother's hot, sticky, dirty farm a place that I dread to go. Some people fear clowns, insects, rodents, but my fear is a big yellow rooster. This rooster that I fear is no ordinary rooster, he’s leaner and meaner than any other rooster i’ve ever seen. In the next few pages I hope to tell you about this rooster and how I overcame this beast to make me the person I am today. Life for me wasn’t always filled…

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  • Literary Techniques Used In Snowwell's Animal Farm

    Snowball is the Animal Farm counterpart to Leon Trotsky, one of the first leaders of Communist Russia. Snowball and Trotsky were both intelligent, and had many ideas for the greater future for their respective lands. Snowball was the one to lead the animals in the Battle of the Cowshed, in which the animals had won from a human invasion for the attempt to take back the farm. Trotsky was the leader of Lenin’s Red Army, which won many battles for Russia. There is also a similarity in how they were…

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