Journey into the Darkness

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Journey into the Darkness

Marlow starts his journey with idea of wanting to join in on the action. He learns of the company who is traveling to the ends of the map, Afica, bringing "light" into the darkness.

Marlow chooses to sail the outside of the Congo, the moment he steps onto land is when Marlow looks the deepest into himself. Already beginning to doubt his initial ideals, Marlow looked to Kurtz and realized evil happens as you give in to tempation. It is your choice.

The natives are treated like criminals but have committed no crimes; they are chained and beaten. They are described as animals, “it”, shapes, etc. They are stripped of everything that makes them human. Marlow is really disgusted with the treatment of the savages. He feels the need to help them. Although he wants to bring lightness into this darkness he feels horrible with the way the natives are treated. He knows he doesn’t have much to offer them, yet still offers them a biscuit revealing he feels the need to help them in any way possible.

Journey into the Darkness

"a blank space of delightful mystery" (Conrad,22)

As Marlow ventures into the Darkness, he begins to question iwhat the darkness really is. Are the dark people truly savages?

"No, they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it—the suspicion of their not being inhuman. It would come slowly to one.

Kurtz is this great ideal (at first), almost like a hero bringing back all the ivory or lightness to Great Britain.

"Kurtz’s life was running swiftly, too, ebbing, ebbing out of his heart into the sea of inexorable time. . . . I saw the time approaching when I would be left alone of the party of ‘unsound method.’”

Greed becomes a disease. Kurtz goes from being a symbol of civilization to a symbol of the evil of imperialism. Possession owns you, the greed takes over and makes you want to do anything to gain more even the ability to create evil. Imperialism allows you to break down society in any way they can, but in the end takes you away from society itself. In a sense, you become drunk with power.


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