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In literature contrasting places are used by certain authors as a way of representing opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work We see this used in Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad as he applies the jungles of Africa and Europe to develop the concept of civilization and the heart of darkness respectively Conrad is attempting to explain how even the most cultured individual can face a decision of morality and ethics when put in a questioning situation like Kurtz one of the only decent men sent into the jungle to help the natives is forced to answer Europe and Africa differ in many ways obviously by location but more importantly moralistically how developed they are and how civilized they had become Their talk however was the talk of sordid buccaneers it was reckless without hardihood greedy without audacity and cruel without courage there was not an atom of foresight or of serious intention in the whole batch of them and they did not seem aware these things are wanted for the work of the world 50 This passage is describing the way a certain group of people lived in the jungle They pushed aside their morals and ideals to turn over a profit in this undeveloped land where they couldnt be stopped because of the lack of laws and consequences In Europe where people follow rules and regulations these men are nothing but in the jungle they are able to shine This leads me to decide what I believe each of these locations represents We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness 58 That is exactly what the jungle was to me the heart of darkness It was where the untamed beasts came out where the animals as well as people had to fight and kill to survive and there was no police or courts to help you Europe represents a place of inhibitions and virtue
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