The Descent of the Human Soul Book Review

The Descent of the Human Soul
A analysis of the effects of imperialism on the human soul in Joseph Conrad's novel 'Heart of Darkness'.
# 119314 | 3,211 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 18, 2010 in Sociology (General) , Literature (General) , Philosophy (General)

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In this article, the writer maintains that the complexity of the human soul is very much influenced by the negative experiences that man faces. The writer discusses that Joseph Conrad exposes the corruption of the soul thoroughly in his novel on imperialism, 'Heart of Darkness'. The writer discusses that the main character, Marlow, narrates his expedition through the Congo and sees the destruction of the soul caused by the evils of imperialism and human nature in general. The writer concludes that the materialism, greed, betrayal, deception and racism involved in imperialism result in the downfall of multiple men.

From the Paper:

"We find that nature imparts a certain evil on its inhabitants. Even some of the workers seem to have gone insane from the effects of the wilderness. Marlow witness's a man trying to carry a bucket full of water that has a large hole in it, and a group of men blasting a hole in the side of a mountain with no goal set. This absurdity shows the men are moving away from reason and reality as their soul disintegrates. Another aspect of these men that may seem ridiculous is the way they view others because based on their color, although this is a fairly widely accepted part of the evil side of human nature."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Heart of Darkness: Jospeh Conrad

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