The Descriptiveness Of Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness was written by Joseph Conrad in 1902. Before it was published it appeared in a 3-part series in Blackwood’s magazine. The story tells of a detailed incident when Marlow who takes over the assignment of the captain of a ferry-boat travels into the darkness. He was employed by the Belgian Trading company. Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver; however while doing his job, he comes across a person called Kurtz to whom he has to give the ivories after he have collected them. Kurtz is a very reputed man throughout the region and is known by everyone. The novella starts as the main character Marlow at the Thames River in the evening with several other people and starts telling the story about how he entered into the Dark Continent. The novel is a critique to the manifest destiny which is a norm believed that Europeans were chosen by god to rule over the world and make colonies all over Asia and Africa. The Europeans behaved and acted like the kings of the world. They considered Africans as objects and not people. In the novel, Africans were merely used as a backdrop where Marlow—the main character can lay out his philosophical and existential struggles. The dehumanization is harder to identify then open racism or violence. Also, Conrad, through the book hypocrites his own country and blames them for dehumanization. When it comes to analyzing the novella—symbolic interpretations, character development and language are the three main topics to discuss. The novella is written in such precision and high detail that almost every paragraph has a very significant role to play in the overall plot. The story is created to illustrate ideas and themes, rather than just a simple narrative. The ideas and themes are constantly addressed by the characters in a very intense manner, which makes them all more powerful.
As it happens during the course of the book, Conrad’s descriptive writing is again seen when Marlow talks about the manager and his uncle, who are both clearly “flabby, pretending, weak-eyes devil (s) of a rapacious and pity folly. Neither of them would be particularly keen to take direct action against Kurtz; they would much prefer a less involved of removing him from their worries. Another reference to devils and their religious context when Marlow describes Eldorado Exploring Expedition as a visitation—the word can has two meanings; one of it as we all know can be a formal visit or inspection. However it can also be used a divine form of punishment. It is very classic example of how the novel can have different meanings. Furthermore, Marlow describes how the shadows of the manager and his uncle “trails behind them slowly over the tall grasses without bending a single blade”, in this obvious but unnecessary statement, Conrad wants to say that the manager and his uncle walked through in some ghostly way that they didn’t even bend a grass. This statement shows that the men are light and hollow resembling to what is was...

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