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Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
Essay on the main theme of Conrad's novel, "Heart of Darkness".
# 48883 | 1,433 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 19, 2004 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines the theme of truth as it relates to human nature in Joseph Conrad's novel, "Heart of Darkness". The paper cites passages from the novel to illustrate Conrad's message about the underlying evil and corruption at the heart of every human being.

From the Paper:

"Joseph Conrad's classic novel, Heart of Darkness, is a complex and scathing interpretation of the brutal truth about the very nature of human existence. Conrad's somewhat nave male narrator, Marlow, travels to the Congo convinced that European colonialism will help to "civilize" the region. As he travels, he meets Mr. Kurtz and other white colonialists, and he begins to understand the underlying truth: that human greed and the human desire for domination and power underlie colonialism. While Kurtz represents the truth about human nature, Marlow's lie to Kurtz' intended reveals Conrad's belief that we must be protected from knowledge of the darkness that lies within our souls."

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