swills's version from 2016-10-10 08:27


Contrastingly to The Tempest, Conrad’s colonial novella Heart of Darkness depicts ... to alter an individual’s perspectives. Marlow’s physical voyage through the hostile colonial Congo impels Marlow upon a psychological voyage of discovery into the depths of the human psyche where he is awakened to the intense human thirst for power. The brutal imagery depicting Marlow’s realisation that the ‘round knobs’ fences around the Central Station of the Belgian Congo were ‘not ornamentals’ but in fact ‘heads on stakes’, planted by the European Kurz as a brutal statement of Western supremacy over the Congolese, provokes his discovery of the inherently power-hungry and vicious nature of humankind and the lies on which colonial claims about occupation are based. Furthermore the broken, colloquial English and the indifferent tone used by the native slave to announce Kurtz’s death is ironically reflective of the inherent brutality of humankind, as the slave’s indifference to Kurtz’s passing mirrors the European’s carelessness regarding the lives of the indigenous population as the West colonizes the Congo. Thus, the language of the phrase reflects Marlow’s shocking discovery of the brutality central to the human soul, engendered as a result of his voyage into the destructive colonial regime in the Congo. Ultimately, Conrad’s colonial novella Heart of Darkness illustrates that foreign, hostile environments ... ultimately altering individual perspectives.