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Heart of Darkness
Transcript of Heart of Darkness
& Political Implications He emphasized that the primary influence on life was economic, he saw society as an opposition between the capitalist and the working class. The Marxist tradition, which is used in this book is based on works of art that are analyzed in terms of the historical and cultural conditions of the society in which they are produced. In Heart of Darkness economic imperialism is used--where the Europeans do not settle in the area but are temporary. Civilized & Uncivilized-- The civilized elevate certain principles- such as equality of opportunity, justice and intellectualism. Civilized man values the ideal of progress. In Heart of Darkness, Conrad criticizes the failure of civilized men to live up to the ideal of spreading moral progress through the changes within Kurtz and the distortion of moral progress to economic progress.
"The changes take place inside, you know," This emphasizes persons of literature of the lower class--the poor and oppressed who spend their lives in endless drudgery and misery. and whose attempts to rise above their disadvantages usually result in renewed suppression.
--Marlow came to the realization that Kurtz was evil but also knew that men treat men inhumanely.
“... No, it is impossible; it is impossible to convey the life-sensation of any given epoch of one’s existence—that which makes its truth, its meaning—its subtle and penetrating essence. It is impossible. We live, as we dream—alone....” It mainly concentrated on Kurtz & how the Europeans treated the Africans. The Europeans and even the Africans worshiped Kurtz and his accomplishments in the central part of the Congo HEART OF DARKNESS The characters in Heart of Darkness try to better themselves economically, politically, and socially but are not successful.
Marlow- He does not gain economic advancement-- receives the opportunity to travel to Africa & gather Ivory...eventually realizes that this trip is not for economic advancement... He is left with the same economic position if not a lower position. Economic Determinism A concept usually disputed by Marxists meaning all social and political change is determined by the economic forces of supply and demand. E.D. Affecting Work The demand for ivory made the Europeans go deeper into the Congo and enslave more Africans. Readers considering the story in today's developed or undeveloped world They should perceive the story as without the money hungry mindset of the Europeans and the enslavement of the Africans, our country wouldn’t be what it is today. El Fin