New Historicism and "Heart of Darkness"
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This paper begins by providing a summary of definitions of New Historicism (NH), which is a genre of literary criticism. It briefly analyzes "Heart of Darkness" while looking at reasons why it was written by Conrad at the particular stage of his life. The writer examines Conrad's personal life in order to get a greater understanding of the novel.
From the Paper:"Joseph Conrad was truly a genius, who was born Polish, and learned fluent French before mastering English. He had an absolute obsessive desire to travel and sail and discover places on the planet that promised intrigue and inspiration. Those facts are presented because here is a novelist for who English was not a second, but a third language, and that he could so brilliantly and thoroughly grasp the English language was, in itself, truly remarkable. Though he would not write his novel until nearly ten years after he completed his trip to Africa, at the time Joseph Conrad was journeying into what he would later call the Heart of Darkness, in 1890, the Belgian Congo was the "personal property" of King Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold was a vicious tyrant, whose control of the Congo was brutally and mercilessly inhumane. Christian missionaries who had gone to Africa to spread the word of God had reported back to Europe about atrocities committed against natives in the Congo. But the true extent of the bloodletting, slavery, savagery and exploitation could not possibly have been fully comprehended by Europeans."
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