Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" Analytical Essay by Calwriter

Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
This paper discusses Joseph Conrad's thoughts on imperialism and its associated problem of racism in his novel, "Heart of Darkness".
# 56218 | 1,840 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 04, 2005 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" was written in 1899; therefore, when reading the book from this historical time, the reader must keep in mind the prevailing norms of that period and compare the thoughts of the author to those of the norms of this period. The author points out that this novel is based on Conrad's firsthand experience of the Congo region of West Africa, which was gained when Conrad was actually sent up the Congo River to an inner station to rescue a company agent, who died a few days later aboard ship. The paper relates that "Heart of Darkness" is told in the words of Charlie Marlow, a seaman, and filtered through the thoughts of an unidentified, listening narrator.

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