Obscurity In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Jenna Maclaine once aforesaid, "There is darkness inside all of us... that is part of [our] soul that is irreparably damaged by the very trials and tribulations of life. We are what we are because of it, or perhaps in spite of it. Some use it as a shield to hide behind, others as an excuse to do unconscionable things. But, truly, the darkness is simply a piece of the whole, neither good nor evil unless you make it so." In Joseph Conrad's novella, the Heart of Darkness, the preference for symbolic over realistic aspects of obscurity is portrayed by two narrators, an anonymous passenger that is aboard the pleasure ship, the Nellie, and Marlow, the protagonist, who, in fact, narrates in first person. Heart of Darkness is depicted as a complex…show more content…
In Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the linguistic meaning of the title is based solely upon the discovery of the innermost territory of Africa that has yet to be explored and the ramifications of such a place. Inhabitants of this uncharted terrene led the primitive and nomadic state of living rather than the civilized and colonial practice, which is dark in itself. The dense, entangled, thriving and malicious plethora of African jungle that was inhabited aid the reader to identify the textbook and literal definition of darkness: "the partial/limitation or total absence of light." As a result of the harsh environment, the Native "savages" prove to be products of their surroundings in reason of their moral and spiritual internal conflicts; the darkness of such a jungle engulfed their nature and state of mind just as if a vacuum were to suck the filth out of a tainted carpet. Therefore, the lack of control and everlasting conflict produced a dark soul of lacking mortality and an abundance of insanity. The many interpretations of this title prove to be shrouded in ambiguity that is embodied by the spiritual emptiness and moral darkness of the

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