Heart of Darkness
Conrad's novel, Heart of Darkness, relies on the historical period
of imperialism in order to describe its protagonist, Charlie Marlow,
and his struggle. Marlow's catharsis in the novel, as he goes to the
Congo, rests on how he visualizes the effects of imperialism. This
paper will analyze Marlow's "change," as caused by his exposure to the
imperialistic nature of the historical period in which he lived.
Marlow is asked by "the company",
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creates his 'alternative reality' and achieves his truth.
When Marlow was exposed to the imperialistic environment of the
congo, it had a tremendous effect upon him. The protagonist of
Conrad's novel undergoes a drastic change in response to his
environment, common only to that specific time period. Kurtz shows
Marlow the flaws in the Europeans imperialistic ideals. Kurtz sees the
meaninglessness of European standards of the time, and therefore
changes his entire perception and behavior.