Although the current is brown, it is bringing the boat back to white civilization. In the first chapter of the novel, the narrator describes London, the greatest town of Earth, with gloom and fog. Joseph Conrad uses narrative schemes, sets moods and tones, as well as involves symbolism to approach his major theme of imperialism. More specifically, it also includes quotes from actual officials stationed in the Congo at the time and pictures of the mutilated bodies of the natives. Without this cannibal crew the steamer could not have gone ahead at all; and yet the white bosses do not bother whether or not these men are properly fed. The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, Is not a pretty thing when you look into It too much. A production documentary of the film, titled , showed some of the difficulties which director Coppola faced making the film, which resembled some of the themes of the book.
I ventured to hint that the Company was run for profit. Marlow sees a lot of black people mostly naked, moving about like ants. When Conrad began to write the novella, eight years after returning from Africa, he drew inspiration from his travel journals. He also mentions how Youth marks the first appearance of Marlow. During this time, he learns that Kurtz is far from admired but more or less resented mostly by the manager.
The relation between whites and blacks turns into a relation between dominators and dominated. The novella's lead characters, Marlow and Kurtz, travel to the interior of the Belgian Congo to seek a success unavailable to them in Europe. The sight seen by Marlow after getting down from the streamer is very disheartening and freighting. Kurtz, who has begun to identify himself with the savages, and who had at one time held that the white man should confer huge benefits upon the backward people, has done nothing for the uplift of the natives. The natives, including the ornately dressed woman, once again assemble on shore and begin to shout unintelligibly.
It has the theme of self-restraint, of the working of the subconscious mind, of the exploration, of barbarism and primitivism and the theme of imperialism. There had been a lot of such rot let loose in print and talk just about that time, and the excellent woman, living right in the rush of all that humbug, got carried off her feet. Kurtz's health worsens on the return trip and Marlow becomes increasingly ill. This is abundantly evident from the first pages, to the last, and everywhere in between. This quote states that humans are fascinated with their abomination because they have not yet experienced it; but once they have, they feel powerless and yearn to escape, but the abomination overtakes them.
Therefore, Marlow points to the fact that colonial enterprises, which originated in Europe, brought death to both white men and their native subjects. However, they do not really realize the detrimental effect they have on Africa. Many callers come to retrieve the papers Kurtz had entrusted to him, but Marlow withholds them or offers papers he knows they have no interest in. This source offers more viewpoints and theories on Conrad's novel, and responds to some of Achebe's claims. The Crime of the Congo. Madness as a Result of Imperialism Madness is closely linked to imperialism in this book. The Collected Letters of Joseph Conrad — Volume 2: 1898 — 1902.
It leaves no doubt to the essence of their humanity. This story indicates that either the European view of people is wrong and useless or that something in Africa makes men behave unusually. While one of the natives is tortured for allegedly causing the fire, Marlow is invited in the room of the station's brick-maker, a man who spent a year waiting for material to make bricks. Kurtz refers to the ivory as his own and set himself up as a primitive god to the natives. The test of the white man's intentions lies only in his performance of this duty.
Here, we can say that the idea of colonization depends completely on the racism and because the Europeans have the power, they are who colonized Africans not the opposite. We find in his novel, Heart of Darkness, more or less a record of all this which experienced during his own travels through the Congo and the Dark Continent. Although social mores and explanatory justifications are shown throughout Heart of Darkness to be utterly false and even leading to evil, they are nevertheless necessary for both group harmony and individual security. The Victorian reading would show the Intended as feminine, beautiful and saintly, rightly in a state of mourning, even a year after Kurtz's death. The African woman would have symbolised the savage unknown that was Africa.
Therefore, through the narrative at the very beginning of the novel, one can infer that imperialism evolves as the Europeans are justified to have the dark nature to civilize a nation. He also mentions how Youth marks the first appearance of Marlow. In Heart of Darkness, the Congo is oppressed by the imperialists economically and geographically. Like most Europeans of his time, Marlow believed in colonialism; that is, until he met Kurtz. And if you've got more than a little taste for money and power, there's something of Conrad's dictatorial station manager, Kurtz, in you as well. . But it turns out not to be so great: in fact, it turns out to be quite horrifying to borrow Kurtz's dying words in reality.
The current makes travel upriver slow and difficult, but the flow of water makes travel downriver, back toward civilization, rapid and seemingly inevitable. Queen Victoria was actually the niece of King Leopold of Belgium. They are simply wasting time and effort to show that some kind of constructive work is going, while in actuality there is none. Consider, for example, the criticism leveled against. The Other is commonly identified with the margin, which has been oppressed or ignored by Eurocentric, male-dominated history.