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Every man or woman has buried within themself a dark side savage side When a man is taken out of society and left to create his own norms he rediscovers those primordial instincts which have laid dormant since the the beginning of existence Survival of the fittest physically and intellectually is the foundation of these instincts Persons who dominate one or many through mental or physical prowess develop a sense of superiority This feeling if fostered by the environment and intensified to the extreme produces a sense of having god-like powers A man believing himself to be a or the God is seen by the society from which as a monster Since monsters can not be allowed to roam the civilized world someone must be sent to destroy it To find the monster the person selected must take the same path as the monster This path is a journey into ones own mind soul or true-self The person on this path will never see evil so clear and defined as in the face looking back at him In taking this path the person runs the risk of becoming the very thing he is trying to destroy In Joseph Conrads story Heart of Darkness the protagonist represents the person selected to seek out and destroy the monster Conrad uses many techniques to bring the reader into the darkness archetype symbolism and foreshadowing The theme of this classic tale is made through the words of the western philosopher Nietzsche when fighting monsters the person fighting should be careful not to become one and when looking into a void the person must be aware that the void also looks into himThe readers are first introduced to the protagonist Marlow as he is being commissioned --by the Company-- to hunt down the monster Kurtz Marlow a boat captain almost nomadic in his need to travel is also a man of simple morals simple to the point of religion the
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