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In Joseph Conrads novel Heart of Darkness the concept of light and dark is presented to the reader throughout the book this concept is used in order to distinguish what is good and bad Most of this book however concentrates on the dark side Marlow goes on a journey to the Congo In this journey Marlow finds that there is a dark side to many of the situations that he comes in contact with and many of the people that he meets Marlow begins his journey thinking that everything is going to be great and wonderful Marlow explains that It appeared however I was also one of the Workers with a capital-you know Something like an emissary of light something like a lower sort of apostle To Marlow this job is a very important one One dark aspect of being on this journey was becoming uncivilized Marlow sees becoming uncivilized on his journey happen to many men but he fails to call them men anymore he instead calls them creatures One of these creatures rose to his hands and knees and went on all-fours towards the river to drink He lapped out of his hand then sat up in the sunlight crossing his shins in front of him and after time let his wooly head fall on his breastbone Marlow calls them creatures because he cant believe that human beings would act this way he just stood horrified and watched The thought of cannibalism for Marlow used to be a bad thing which would be considered dark On this journey he realizes that the people themselves are not bad he just doesnt agree with them eating human flesh Some men in Marlows crew were cannibals Marlow explains We had enlisted some of these chaps on the way for a crew Fine fellows-cannibals-in their place They were men one could work with and I am grateful to them And after all they did not eat each
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