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Joseph Conrad like many authors used his own experiences for the basis of his novels Specifically Conrads journey on the Congo River as captain of a West African river steamer formed the basis for his novel Heart of Darkness In this novel the narrator of the story Marlow Conrads protagonist travels up the Congo in search of Kurtz an ivory trader and eventually ends up in the heart of darkness Conrad also used his pessimistic view of life for the basis of Heart of Darkness Conrads fatalistic attitude is evident when he explained to his friend R B Cunninghame Graham There isa machine It evolved itselfand behold--it knitsIt knits us in and it knits us out It has knitted time space pain death corruption despair and all the illusions--and nothing matters Ill admit however that to look at the remorseless process is sometimes amusing In the Heart of Darkness three evident themes include death corruption and despair During Marlows journey into the heart of darkness death corruption and despair became the manifest themes of the novel First of all Marlow came face to face with death several times throughout his voyage Marlow finds out about the death of Kurtz the climax of the novel when the managers boy said to Marlow Mistah Kurtzhe dead Conrad 64 Another death occurs when the attack on the steamer leaves the helmsmen dead with the shaft of a spear in the side just below the ribs Conrad 64 Marlow decides to tip him overboard because if his late helmsmen was to be eaten the fishes alone should have him He had been a very second-rate helmsmen Conrad 47 Second corruption overshadowed all other themes as the major theme of the novel As Marlows journey progresses the corruption of the trading business becomes increasingly obvious Kurtz had collected bartered swindled or stolen more ivory than all the other agents together Conrad 43 Despite his reputation as a thief and a
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