HEART OF DARKNESS. JOSEPH CONRAD – EXPOSICIÓN ANALÍTICA
ROCÍO GARCÍA POVEDA
LITERATURA INGLESA MODERNA
Joseph Conrad (Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski 1857-1924), polish origin British novelist, he lived through the Victorian and Modernist period. He represented the intellectual crises. His parents fought for Poland’s independency, so Colonialism is in his own life. He leaves Poland in 1875 when he became a seaman and he travelled around the world. Conrad's experiences, especially in the Malay Archipelago and the Congo River in 1890, are reflected in their stories. He was considered a radical writer, the most radical writer during his ...view middle of the document...
Morality and religion (when Marlow lies to Kurtz’s fiancée- What God can do but does not) , God/right and Evil/wrong. Other themes that are presented are the social order and evolution, racism, social Darwinism. Conrad uses the imperialism to explain what is right and what is wrong.
Heart of Darkness has a modernist narrator: oblique narration, first person and a story within a story. Narrator with a limited knowledge of what is happening. Marlow tells the story a year later, so we can see more details and moral confusion of the character. Conrad uses Marlow in other novels (Lord Jim, Chance) but it is not a trilogy. He is a transtextual character; the character does not have relation with another. He is the representation of Conrad. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow should be the interpreter but he does not understand what is happening and at the same time he is taking the reader by the hand.
The novel is loaded of symbolism, for instance, Light and darkness; symbolic dichotomy. Light sometimes is confusion. No possibility of redemption for anyone. The light starts to turn into darkness and a different light which is not a rational light. Kurtz was brave but could not stop but going mad because he did not know how to respond to the situation he was put. Another symbolism is the rive journey, it starts in daylight, which represents rationality of the centre of empire, to the heart of darkness. The Fog gives one just enough information to begin making decisions, but no way to judge the accuracy of that information, which often ends up being wrong.
Marlow and Kurtz are the main characters of the novel; they can be interpreted like a symbol. Kurtz is not very long described in the text. He went to Africa for idealistic things,...