The very short and simple story of the novel is that Marlow, who thinks that he has possessed the light, sends his representative candidate Kurtz to give the light in the so- called dark place Africa in different ways. According to the view of Marlow and Kurtz, African people are in darkness. But the reality turns in another direction. At the end of the novel, it is implicitly said that actually the darkness is possessed by the so called civilized white man.
The inhuman, deceptiveness and the selfish Kurtz and Marlow are the main source of darkness in the African land.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad – a trip into inner space
They have disturbed the solitariness of natives, their culture has been made impure and their way of living have been degraded to darkness by the interruption of whites. The existence of darkness is at the core of shining civilization. According to Kurtz and Marlow, they are uncivilized, inhuman. So, they say that they want to give light to the all Africans who are living in ignorance.
Darkness at home and abroad
They want to civilize them, educate them. But in reality they try to keep them under their control. The means of economic production are captured by them.
Social status, political power all are under the control of so called light possessed people. There are so many darkness imageries in the novel e. The whole novel is filled with the symbolic aspects of light and darkness. All the main characters are describing about the bad aspects of dark and bright path of light. But the measuring is that those who have talked more about solving the problem of darkness are covered with the very deep fog of darkness.
A Darkness of the Heart
We easily say that Marlow has possessed the heart of darkness, Kurtz has possessed the heart of darkness, but both of them say that all Africans are living in darkness. In this way, the complete plot structure of the novel moves around the symbolic meaning of light and darkness. Few things have had such a profound effect on me as my passage towards understanding this book.
When I began to realise how many possibilities the book contains, and how beautifully Conrad brings out their meanings, I felt enlightenment. To him the meaning of an episode was not inside like a kernel but outside, enveloping the tale which brought it out only as a glow brings out a haze, in the likeness of one of these misty halos that sometimes are made visible by the spectral illumination of moonshine. When I first glimpsed that misty halo, I was astonished.
It happened a year or so after I initially got hold of the book. That first time, I was about 15 and took Heart of Darkness at face value. I read a densely written, uncomfortable, claustrophobic and strange kind of adventure story. I saw it as a quest gone wrong. Thanks to a wonderful teacher, and several rereadings, I came to understand something of those other journeys in the book. I started to see how some writers can say one thing, but mean 15 others. How a well placed image can detonate a thousand bright explosions. Or at least, it might be. Nothing in the book was definite, and this very uncertainty also overwhelmed me.
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There were no easy answers. Now those same 40, words meant more than I had previously imagined, I began to feel the intoxication of complication.
Not to mention the fascination of the abomination. I learned, in short, a new way to read.
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I have been chasing the same buzz ever since. The very act of describing it makes it harder to grasp — and that makes the challenge all the more enticing.
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