Heart of Darkness Thesis Statements and Important …
Whenever fundamentally different cultures meet, there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves, often causing perceived madness by those who have yet to discover their own self. Joseph Conrad’s book, The Heart of Darkness is a story about Man’s journey into his se...
Achebe: An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart …
Like a jewel, "Heart of Darkness" has many facets. From one view it
is an exposure of Belgian methods in the Congo, which at least for a good
part of the way sticks closely to Conrad's own experience. Typically,
however, the adventure is related to a larger view of human affairs.
Marlow told the story one evening on a yacht in the Thames estuary as
darkness fell, reminding his audience that exploitation of one group by
another was not new in history. They were anchored in the river, where
ships went out to darkest Africa. Yet, as lately as Roman times, London's
own river led, like the Congo, into a barbarous hinterland where the Romans
went to make their profits. Soon darkness fell over London, while the
ships that bore "civilization" to remote parts appeared out of the dark,
carrying darkness with them, different only in kind to the darkness they