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The novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a very powerful piece of writing that discusses the importance of human society and its good and bad affects on men This novel took place in two very different places the so-called civilized London and the uncivilized Africa which had conflicting cultures Joseph Conrad illustrates through his intense novel that although one may claim to be in a civilized society but when compared to a different culture they may be at the same level of civilization or as uncivilized as the other culture may be There is no one clear definition of what a civilized society is but there is a clear definition on the effects that the society has on its men Society greatly reflects on the lives of the man because it plays a major role in leading their lives towards a specific direction This may range from either end towards wealth or poverty towards life or death It is all based on the society in which the man is constantly exposed to and affected by Civilization lacks innocence which strips people of their humanity According to Joseph Conrad human society should aid the man in pursuing the right direction during the course of life which is consequently derived upon the idea that the man shapes society but in this book it discusses the vice versa where society shapes the man Marlow was the only man of us who still followed the sea The worst that could be said of him is that he did not represent his class He was a seaman but he was a wanderer too while most seamen lead if one may express so a sedentary life Their minds are of the stay-at-home order and their home is always with them-the ship and so is their country their sea Marlow was used in a symbolic manner to illustrate that not all men have to be a successful business man
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