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The symbolism in heart of darkness
Heart of Darkness：The novel has told the experience of capital Marlowe who was employed by a
Belgium trading company. His task was to enter the interior Africa to save the very ill trading station agent Kurt. The so-called trade company is nothing but wanting to conquer the African land on the name of trade. The story of Marlowe start with his segment of the contract to go to Congo, and the climax of the story is Marlowe’s meet with Karts. With Marlowe’s further in, another hero – karts slowly came into our vision. Although in the jungle, Marlowe have understood what is wildness and what is horror, this afeard degree is far beneath from which Karts brings . In Marlowe’s heart, Karts is somehow a threat for he is come here to replace. The further he went, the more he feels about that .the more he know things about Karts, the more apparent his uneasy is
At first, Karts is an energetic young man with lofty ideal. He once dreams he can find his fortune in Africa, to realize his own value. what attracted him to Africa is ―to have higher wisdom ,an extensive sympathy and a concentrated aim……‖Karts can be called the whole European’s represent a half English and a half French, so we can say, the whole European is devoted itself to the growth of Karts. He is the symbol of the European civilization. However, the bad natural environment of the colony and the rich material benefits made him a people blinded of greed. The interest and desire have eroded him. And for a long time, he dead on the ship back Europe.
Symbolism of racism was the first thing that stood out while reading this story. This idea came from the way that Joseph Conrad wrote about the whites, - who were considered ―civilized‖, and how they treated the blacks – who were considered ―uncivilized‖, in Africa. During the settlement and colonization of Africa, the whites thought themselves to be superior to any human who was different from their color (i.e. Natives). This is well shown when Marlow described his first impression of Africa, when he saw the ―Black shapes crouched…The work was going on…this was the place where some of the helpers had withdrawn to die…they were nothing earthly now, nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.‖ These Natives were not ―helpers‖, but slaves who were forced to work under the order of the white settlers.
However, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is more than a mere exploration of the harsh realities of European colonialism in Africa .In fact; it is rich in symbolism as demonstrated by his negative portrayal of women. To him, women were nothing more than soft, delicate, and naive. Many critics say Conrad is a person who hate woman, in the heart of darkness, Conrad use a regressive way to describe woman, the female role of canard reflected his old idea of woman. ―Then – would you believe it?—I tried the women. I Charlie Marlow, set the women to work – to get a job. Heavens! ‖In Marlow’s heart , women seems have no value ,he thought that he make use of a woman is a shameful act .
In this story, darkness was not only shown through the disturbing acts of racism, but was also shown as an unforgiving force that eventually drove all of the characters to drop the holds of society and civilization and showed through their actions. At the same time, its negative portrayal of women is also an apparent symbolism in the heart of darkness. However, Conrad's condemnation of women is no longer a valid interpretation of women in the 21st century; thus, we must overlook Conrad's invalid judgment of women and take a modernistic approach in scrutinizing the women's actual representation in Heart of Darkness.＋ 更多类似范文