Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness" written in 1902 is an
overwhelming chronicle of Marlow's journey into the heart of the
African continent. It is one of the most influential novels of the
twentieth century. In this ghastly and horrific tale, Marlow leads an
expedition up the Congo River, only to find everything is not as it
seems. This haunting and mysterious story takes him into the
unbearable core of the jungle. The novel also explores trade and
exploration, imperialism and colonization.
The use of darkness means several things in this book. It is used in
the title, as "Heart of Darkness" many people doesn't understand the
book, or the meaning it brings with it. I feel that the title
represents much more, it has many meanings. The first being, the
darkness and evil of somebody. In the book, the evil comes out of
Marlow and Kurtz, as they get deeper into the jungle, the more
evilness comes out from inside their hearts. I think that Conrad is
trying to show us, that everyone is the same, until they get somewhere
else and the worst happens, I think that he is trying to teach us
about civilization of other countries, and democracy.
Darkness and evil can happen to anyone in anyway, it happened to
Marlow and Kurtz mentally, and then it affects what you physically.
The meaning darkness does not mean the same for everyone, it is
different in our minds to what others think, we all have different
opinions of what we think something is. For example, if you look up
the word 'darkness' or 'dark' in a dictionary you may find more than
one meaning. First meaning it gave - dark, no light, dull cutoff from
the rest of the world, gloomy, sad, sinister, evil secret, night, not
knowing. These are all words that could have been used in the book.
The jungle could be sinister and evil. I find that the word secret
represents what goes on in the jungle very well. It makes you think
carefully about what might be in the jungle, the dangers and cautions
of the jungle. It also seems very mystical. It shows that maybe the
jungle has something to hide that...