The Light in the Darkness
Author James Conrad, in his short story “Heart of Darkness,” uses light in an attempt to symbolize the civilization of the European world and those things which, by appearances, are generally accepted as “good.” To emphasize the acceptability of good or light, it is often contrasted to the symbolization of darkness, which Conrad shows as uncivilized, savage or bad. Conrad uses the character’s reactions to light, bright or otherwise
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light as representing civilization of the European world and those things, which by appearances, are generally accepted as good. Here, Kurtz is referring to the accepted savagery of the civilized white men simply because they are of fairer skin than the natives. Kurtz is indicating the natives are uncivilized and thus justifiably treated as worthless beings, and that not only are the white men civilized, but viewed as the ultimate good and light – a “deity” (383).