Aspects of Being human in "Heart of Darkness" by Paul Conrad
Joseph Conrad's novel Cardiovascular of Night encompasses various themes and concepts dealing with the very characteristics of mankind and its complexness. This book is set up in two different locations, the Thames Riv and the Congo River. Conrad uses these two rivers to represent the different cultures that clash in this new, which are the " civilized" and the " savages". While discovering these two several worlds Conrad exposes a persons nature at its core through the characters through this novel demonstrating that not almost everything is straightforward and is at it appears.
The Thames River positioned in Southern England represents the advanced Euro world. From this novel the Europeans deemed themselves while civilized and cultured. On the other hand, Conrad embeds numerous dark intense imageries to describe this kind of " enlightened" culture just like violent, loss of life, brooding gloom, and more. Even though the Congo Riv represents the uncivilized native inhabitants which can be described as " utter savagery" (Conrad, 1990, p. 4), but the nature that surrounds the Congo is described as mysterious, shimmering, and treasured.
The comparison of these places and illustrations reveals different facets of being human. One un-admirable quality of human nature that is shown is pride. The European heroes in this book had the mentality that they were better than the local people. Because of their outstanding status that they felt that European Imperialism and the stations set up had been meant for " humanizing, enhancing, instructing" (Conrad, 1990, s. 29) the uncivilized savages. Instead these kinds of civilized European men " Christianizing" aiming to adapt the local people to their specifications they have succumb to the darkness within the new world displaying their particular true nature.
Another facet of human nature displayed by the satrical descriptions with the " civilized" and " uncivilized" locations is man's destructive character. There were numerous events through this novel that portrayed mans destructive characteristics due to ulterior motives. A good example that...