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Joseph Conrads novella Heart of Darkness tells a story about a journey experienced by Marlow the main character and how the different symbolizations of light and darkness change his viewpoints on the true nature of mankind Joseph Conrad grew up in Polish Ukraine Conrads father Apollo was arrested on suspicions of involvement with revolutionary activities From then on the family was thrown into exile Conrads mother died of tuberculosis in 1865 At age eleven Joseph Conrad was left an orphanThere is a group of men aboard an English ship that is sitting on the Thames The group includes a Lawyer an Accountant a Captain and the main character Marlow Marlow is a stationary man very unusual for a seaman He is not understood because he does not fit into a neat category in the same manner the others do Marlow mentions colonization and says that the taking of the earth is not something to examine too closely because it is horrible Marlow then moves into a narration of a life experience in Africa which forced him to become a fresh water sailor and gave him a glimpse of colonization Marlow has always had a passion for travel and exploration Marlow decides he wants to be the skipper of a steamship that travels up and down the river in Africa His aunt has a connection in the administration department of a seafaringexploration company and manages to get Marlow and appointment because one of the steamboat captains was killed in a skirmish with the natives When Marlow arrives at the office the atmosphere is extremely dim The doctor who performs his physical asks if there is a history of insanity in Marlows family and tells him that nothing could persuade him to attend the company down the Congo The next day Marlow embarks on his journey into the heart of darkness The African shores he observes look welcoming The Voice of the serf heard now and then
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