The Heart Of Darkness Essay

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Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness portrays the soul of man as evil, to him the heart is a dark place filled with malcontent. The heart of man is not naturally evil; man is sick, and sick people do bad things. The appearance of man in an outward form suggests evil intent; however, this is just the byproduct of a spiritual war that is being waged for man’s soul. Just as when a man is sick and he lashes out from pain; humanity is doing the same, lashing out from the spiritual anguish that they all feel inside of their hearts. A heart saturated by the feeling of darkness. This darkness is not natural, but rather an inherited trait that was produced, or rather, twisted into form by The Fall. As ...view middle of the document...

As narrated by Marlow in the conclusion of the novella, all directions into the wild are as though he is going “into the heart of an immense darkness” (Conrad 72). As the ivory hunters strip the nature of its wealth, they are stripped of their culture and, ultimately, their self-image (in the sense that their society driven thoughts and actions are dulled).
Humanity, as a totality, lives in a constant fear of the darkness. From the youngest child to the wisest adult, each one has a fear of the darkness to some extent. The darkness suggests an unknown, something that is not comprehendible on a rational level but is felt on an emotional level. The darkness of humanity hangs over the major cities and towns like a shadow “still marked ominously on the sky, a brooding gloom in sunshine, a lurid glare under the stars.” (Conrad 3). The darkness of humanity, as shown by Conrad, is a remainder of humankind’s dark past; dark, not in the sense of evil, but as a lack of enlightenment. The ignorance of man in the past is still present as a “…brooding gloom in [the] sunshine.” (Conrad 3).
Finally, the heart and soul of man as a singular being, Conrad views man as an evil contraption, bent on the sole purpose of acquiring wealth; thereby, stripping the land of its value. As mentioned previously, this is symbolic of their culture being taken away. The darkness over man’s soul is more of an existential operative, not something that is necessarily...

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