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Heart of Darkness

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Introduction

In the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad the author condemns the colonization of the Europeans on the African islands of Congo, eminently focusing on the barbarous and inhumane treatment of the natives. In this passage though, the central character Marlow narrates to the other men on his ship about his perspective of the experience he had when he went up the river Congo passing through the wild jungle in order to reach the inner station. The tone throughout the passage suggests a negative connotation of the wilderness of Congo because of the choice of words Marlow uses to describe the jungle. Phrases such as "unrestful" and the "noisy world of plants" portraits the jungle as being quite sinister instead of peaceful and quiet as the readers would expect it to be. ...read more.

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Marlow adds to the description of the jungle as having "a great silence."(2) The phrase "silence" is inserted in his description to give a contrast of what's happening inside the jungle. Inside the jungle, in the inner station, it has been said that Kurtz uses unconventional "methods" to obtain the ivory he makes. This suggests that Kurtz is probably using violence or manipulations which are contrasts of "silence." More ever, as Marlow's journey proceeds further and further into the jungle and closer to the inner station, Marlow's streamer gets attacked by the natives. Moments before they are being attacked, Marlow describes to have heard "voices" crying wildly coming from the jungle. The diction "silence" not only is a contrast of what is happening inside the jungle, it is also a contrast of a future scene where they are being attacked. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ever since Marlow decided to come on this voyage, he has been uncertain as to whom he really is and what he wants to do or what need to be done. Marlow has strong opinions about the Europeans as being "fools," "devils," and "folly," for not knowing what they are doing. Not for being racists or discrimination of the natives as they are being tied up and worked to death. Marlow considers him self as being "not especially tender" towards the Africans which contradicts to what he has been saying all along through out the novel as African's as not being our "enemies." This passage describes the wildness and the sinister appeal of the river and the wilderness which is a comparison to the mind of Marlow. Inside his head, Marlow is confused, "unrestful," and "not in the least resembling peace." This journey takes Marlow to the places he has never been before in order to find himself inside. ...read more.

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