Heart Of Darkness Critical Essays Pdf
marlows mission is to rescue and rescue the beautiful white woman, josephine, who is being held captive by kurtz. the two men make a deal in which marlow agrees to take his superior upriver and let him hold her for some time. kurtz is paid well for his trouble, and the two men put aside their differences and begin to become good friends. at one point, marlow tries to warn kurtz that they are being followed. kurtz, however, ignores this warning, and the two men set out on the journey through the congo. marlow is amazed to find that the jungle is full of life, despite the fact that kurtz has just cut down huge amounts of trees to make room for the company s town. he is astonished to see that the wilderness is full of life: monkeys, birds, and other animals that are all eager to welcome him. heart of darkness is not simply a story about the dark side of man. it is a story about the dark side of nature. despite the animals that are eager to welcome marlow into their world, marlow is disturbed by this jungle. marlow calls it the dark continent. it is a place of mystery and wonder, and it is the one place in the novel where marlow feels that he is not an intruder. marlow s realization that this place is dark comes from the fact that the human side of things (like the people working in the company) is so light and shiny and clean. marlow sees kurtz as a man who has lost his soul. the jungle is a place where the human spirit retreats. it is a place where life seeks to conceal itself.
the horrible truth hidden behind the screen of civilisation is that man is basically savage. the story shows how the man who does not like the darkness, who is familiar with the european civilisation, can still be engulfed in darkness because of his inner being and unconsciousness. his spiritual darkness is his being a man who has not yet faced himself. it is his ignorance of his true self. he has been hypnotised by the civilisation and at the same time the civilisation has suppressed his true self. the inner self can only be set free by the death of the outer self. for kurtz the civilized is dead, and he is a savage. for marlow civilisation is dead, and he is a savage. in the story, marlow is initially a man who is totally ignorant and unaware of the hidden truth. conrad's point is that if we are not aware of the truth about our dark side, we will never be free from it. d8a7b2ff72
Consequently, Conrad transcends the boundaries of Conras (U.S. novel), The Heart of Darkness (British novel), Heart of Darkness (American novel) and other works of imperial writing. He helps us see the universal (in)visibility of colonized peoples in western culture through the disguise of the presentational strategies of the colonizing western powers. The novel elicits a reading of the evils of imperialism, colonial brutality and the making of European and white Western identities. The novella shows Conrad's attempt to negotiate this perilous interface of ethnocentric, Eurocentric and universalist narratives.
In the novel, Conrad attempts to make the reader look past the surface of European texts on Africa (of which he could be accused of being himself an opportunist) to look into the inner life of Africa as experienced by an outsider, such as himself. Conrad does this by means of narrative strategies which evoke and evoke the reader's response - including his own. Writing in the manner of Conrad implies that the African world (as portrayed in the novel) is a realm that cannot be understood by a white westerner such as himself. There are too many things in it that elude words. Conrad was not a historian or geographer. He conceived of Africa in a cartographic sense, as a place whose truth is difficult to represent to the European eye. Conrad does this by drawing the reader into an imagined African world, which is sufficiently real to be visited and where the changes which took place there were brought to the western eye. Africa that Conrad presents in the novel is a place which the European spectator would have difficulty, if not impossible, to appreciate as it really is. Conrad created the novel in the image and likeness of the heart of darkness.