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JOSEPH CONRADHEART OF DARKNESS Most of Joseph Conrads work was based with a sea background as he himself was a seaman rising from the rank of an ordinary seaman to the position of a Master Marinerit was during this period that he undertook a voyage into the Belgian Congo and the scenario of HEART OF DARKNESSIn 1888 the world newspapers were filed with dramatic reports fron the Congo and East AfricaArfica affected Conrad profoundlyOn his Congo expedition he came up against the real face of colonialism with its greed and corruptionand the suffering it caused native populations Conrads greatest literary achievements suggests hia own deep rooted scepticismhis belief that illusion and realitytruth and self deception are inextricably intertwined Heart Of Darkness was written basically as a rebuke to the system of colonising especially the selfish inefficiency while tackling the civilizing of primitives in this case AfricansThis process of civilizing people actually potrays the evil within the heart of manBasically the protagonist in the book Marlow is used to convey these messages quite dramaticallyAt the same timethe value of such a figure as Marlow goes beyond the role of point of view in the storyHis character in his own right is involved in the action and transformed by itHeart Of Darkness is the account of a journey from journey from the river Thames called the Gateway To Civilizationto Congo the land of savageryThe symbolism of both the rivers is very significantone a pathway to light and the other a pathway to darkness hence the phrase Africa The Dark ContinentMarlows first observation of the natives is with a slight racial overtone as he describes the darkness of their shins
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