Critique of Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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“The Horror! The Horror!” Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” is not just a suspenseful tale of a man’s journey to one of the Earth’s few remaining frontiers, the African Congo; it is a psychological insight into the true pits of the human mind, in search of the true “heart of darkness”, which resides not geographically, but is a part of all of us, living under the restraints of society and civilization. Conrad …

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…our so-called “humanity”; but, Conrad achieves his goal of demonstrating that humans are not so far removed from what their society and civilization condemn. The true “heart of darkness” is not the Congo, the natives, Africa, or even Kurtz, himself; the “heart of darkness” is not a place, but a part of you and me, a part of all of us, which we all must keep in check or, in the end, lose or humanity.