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False God Essay

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False God
Friedrich Nietzsche once provided one of the truest opinions on power that the world has ever heard when he said, “All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth”. The promises and truths that those who gain power spread to their people are not always for the greater good. The worst leaders of people are the ones that put more effort and thought into jerking off their own ego rather than putting any real heartfelt effort into helping their people. These sociopathic evil dictators use their power to try and brainwash the minds of people who have to live under them with their own beliefs and hidden agendas, foolishly believing that they are a “savior”. There has yet to be a situation with a leader of a community who has this type of unchecked power and influence with a happy ending. Perhaps the greatest story ever written about good vs. evil, madness, abuse of power along with influence, and nature just might be Heart of Darkness. Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad tells the story of an agent named Marlow, who experiences hellish conditions and behaviors whilst trying to rescue a man named Kurtz, who turns out to be quite a handful. Throughout this journey the moral ramifications of both Kurtz and Marlow’s actions are left to be interpreted by the audience after Kurtz goes mad and becomes the catalyst of the events that transpire throughout the plot. Conrad uses his real life events along with themes of greed, power, and obsession to show what causes Kurtz who acts a symbol for the leaders of the real world to go mad and abuse power.
Before divulging into the question as to what changed Kurtz, it is important to look at what influenced Conrad to write Heart of Darkness as a lot of Conrad’s experience helped shape the events that unfold in the story. The website, Cliff Notes.com provides what should be considered one of the more in depth biographies of Joseph Conrad by chronicling his early years through his defining struggles until his death. Joseph Conrad was born with the name, Teodor Josef Konrad Nalecz Korzenikowski in Polish Ukraine on December 3rd 1857(Cliff Notes). Conrad was born during a time of great struggle and violence in Poland due to the country being controlled by Russia. Bloodshed was very common as Russia was oppressing Poland, which provided a catalyst for numerous uprisings from marginalized Polish civilians. Some formative experiences of Conrad were witnessing his father Apollo have his land seized by the government of Russia and the deaths of family members who were caught in the violent struggle of a revolution(Cliff Notes). Considering that a major theme of Heart of Darkness is the abusive relationship between the strong and the weak it’s easy to see the personal connection that Conrad had to the themes of war that are prevalent in the story. Joseph Conrad continued living his life in Poland until he decided to join the...

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