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Interpretations of Heart of Darkness - Joseph ConradIn Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness there is a great interpretation ofthe feelings of the characters and uncertainties of the Congo Although Africanor the Congo are ever really referred to the Thames river is mentioned assupport This intricate story reveals much symbolism due to Conrads themebased on the lies and good and evil which interact together in every man Today of course the situation has changed Most literate people knowthat by probing into the heart of the jungle Conrad was trying to convey animpression about the heart of man and his tale is universally read as one of thefirst symbolic masterpieces of English prose Graver28 In any event thisstory recognizes primarily on Marlow its narrator not about Kurtz or thebrutality of Belgian officials Conrad wrote a brief statement of how he felt thereader should interpret this workMy task which I am trying to achieve is by the power of the writtenword to make you hear tomake you feel-it is above all to make you seeConrad 1897Knowing that Conrad was a novelist who lived in his work writing about theexperiences were as if he were writing about himself Every novel contains anelement of autobiography-and this can hardly be denied since the creator canonly explain himself in his creationsKimbrough158 The story is written asseen through Marlows eyes Marlow is a follower of the sea His voyage upthe Congo is his first experience in freshwater navigation He is used as a toolso to speak in order for Conrad to enter the story and tell it out of his ownphilosophical mind He longs to see Kurtz in the hopes of appreciating all thatKurtz finds endearing in the African jungle Marlow does not get theopportunity to see Kurtz until he is so disease-stricken he looks more like deaththan a person There are no good looks or health In the story Marlow remarksthat Kurtz resembles an animated image of death carved out of old
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