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Conrads novel Heart of Darkness relies on the historical period of imperialism in order to describe its protagonist Charlie Marlow and his struggle Marlows catharsis in the novel as he goes to the Congo rests on how he visualizes the effects of imperialism This paper will analyze Marlows change as caused by his exposure to the imperialistic nature of the historical period in which he lived Marlow is asked by the company the organization for whom he works to travel to the Congo river and report back to them about Mr Kurtz a top notch officer of theirs When he sets sail he doesnt know what to expect When his journey is completed this little trip Heart of Darkness is a story of one mans journey through the African Congo and the enlightenment of his soul It begins withCharlie Marlow along with a few of his comrades cruising aboard the Nellie a traditional sailboat On the boat Marlow begins to tell of his experiences in the Congo Conrad uses Marlow to reveal all the personal thoughts and emotions that he wants to portray while Marlow goes on this voyage of a lifetime Marlow begins his voyage as an ordinary English sailor who is traveling to the African Congo on a business trip He is an Englishmen through and through Hes never been exposed to any alternative form of culture similar to the one he will encounter in Africa and he has no idea about the drastically different culture Throughout the book Conrad via Marlows observations reveals to the reader the naive mentality shared by every European Marlow as well shares this naivet in the beginning of his voyage However after his first few moments in the Congo he realizes the ignorance he and all his comrades possess We first recognize the general naivet of the Europeans when Marlows aunt is seeing him for the last time before
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