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Heart of Darkness Essay. Throughout Marlow's narration of conquest and civilization, Conrad critiques the very nature of colonial conquest.
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Heart of Darkness Essay
In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, he grapples with the idea of criticizing the attempts and attitudes of "civilizing". According to Marlow, conqueror's strength comes from the conquered's weakness in by which he defines conquest and civilization while Conrad critiques it. Throughout Marlow's narration of conquest+civilization, Conrad critiques the very nature of colonial conquest.
To begin with, the lack of strength of the "savages" just makes the conquerors more elegible to take over a society. For one thing, Marlow asserts that being more powerful than others is what makes themselves "civilized". For example, on page 4 it states, "..conquest of earth, which mostly means taking it away from those who have a different complexion...something you can set up, and bow down before..." This means that in reality, the lower class is being tricked into believing they will be helped. It is the idea that you think you are helping others but it is exactly vise versa. So it shows how weak others can be. Also, Marlow also describes how the white men saw the natives' weakness and they made them slaves of their company while forcing them
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