Heart of Darkness Part 2

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  • In his Novel "Heart of Darkness",  Joseph Conrad uses his theme of violence in order to  convey the hypocrisy of the imperialist system. 
  • Theme: Hypocrisy
  • In this quote Conrad uses symbolism of the lands characteristics to reveal the true characteristics of the Europeans within it.
  • "Seemed to Beckon... to the lurking death, to the hidden evil, to the profound darkness of its heart." (pg. 29)
  • In this scene Conrad uses the violence of the cannibalism of the natives in juxtaposition with their starvation at the hands of the "pilgrims" to show the hypocrisy of their label as savages.
  • "To you eh?... What would you do with them?"
  • "Catch 'im. Give 'im to us."
  • "Eat 'im!"
  • This scene shows hypocrisy through irony. The natives shoot at the pilgrims and they shoot back. However, the only ones labeled as savages are the natives.
  • "Arrows, by Jove! We were being shot at!"
  • Conrad uses the imagery of the Helmsman's blood on Marlow's shoes to symbolize the wrongdoings of the colonists to the natives. Then Marlow's seeming indifference but desperateness to rid himself of the blood symbolizes the hypocrisy of the colonists.
  • " It was the shaft of a spear that, either thrown or lunged through the opening, had caught him in the side."
  • The violence of Kurtz the man who is most revered and respected among the colonists once again shows the hypocrisy of the colonists. They call the natives savages but their sentiments of extermination reveals the true savages to be themselves.
  •  "Exterminate all the brutes!" -Kurtz
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