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It can be said that a certain degree of darkness lies within every person but this darkness will not surface unless given the correct environment The darkness however can emerge and ultimately destroy the person if not checked by reason If ones inner darkness does surface the victim then is given the opportunity to reach a point in personal growth and to gain a sense of self-knowledge from it That is when ones darkness appears one must learn from this experience how he or she can prevent similar results from occurring in the future It is ultimately through self-knowledge that we gain the power to defeat our inner darkness and all of its elements Just as everyone has the potential for evil within themselves we too have the potential for true goodness In many literary works the author attempts to exemplify the evil which lies within by showing many characters which have been or are being overcome by their inner darkness In the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad we see how Marlows journey into his ultimate evil into his inner self can be a positive experience By contrasting Marlow with Kurtz who represents the absolute evil we can see the two products of an inner evil which has emerged Marlow who defeats his evil and gains self-knowledge and Kurtz who is defeated by his darkness and falls prey to its wrath In William Goldings Lord of the Flies the author points out how easily people can be over taken by the darkness how the potential for good can be destroyed by the evil but ideally how good will triumph Through an examination of these two works we can see how the darkness within given the correct environment will surface The circumstances which eventually cause the appearance of the inner darkness in these two novels stems from the lack of civility the true test or journey which every life contains and finally the product
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