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The Symbolism of True Darkness in the Novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Lord of the Flies by William Golding
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An American author James Baldwin once said Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced In a sense his statement is satisfying to the mind Mr Baldwin may have meant that all problems may not always be solvable but you cant fix any problem if you dont face it Just as everyone has the potential for evil within themselves we too have the potential for true goodness In many literary works the author attempts to exemplify the evil which lies within by showing many characters which have been or are being overcome by their inner darkness In the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad we see how Marlows journey into his ultimate evil into his inner self can be a positive experience By contrasting Marlow with Kurtz who represents the absolute evil we can see the two products of an inner evil which has emerged Marlow who defeats his evil and gains self-knowledge and Kurtz who is defeated by his darkness and falls prey to its wrath In William Goldings Lord of the Flies the author points out how easily people can be over taken by the darkness how the potential for good can be destroyed by the evil but ideally how good will triumph Through an examination of these two works we can see how the darkness within given the correct environment will surface It is clear how ones inner darkness will surface without the restraints of civilization In the case of Jack and the hunters the children are accustom to civility laws and order The theme of the children turning into savages depicts how that the fact that parents and teachers were always placing unwanted rules on them probably caused an initial enjoyment of the lack of civility so much that the growing savageness within grew blindly This can be compared to the darkness which surfaced in Kurtz and the natives of the
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