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Heart of Darkness

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Katelyn Johnson

on 30 January 2014

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Transcript of Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
Katelyn Johnson
Michelle Aldaz
Victoria Zamora

Id, Ego, Superego
Id in
Heart of Darkness
Superego in
Heart of Darkness
Ego in
Heart of Darkness

Marlow is constantly torn between whether or not European imperialism is justified. He does not truly side one way or the other. This is why Marlow represents the ego.
Marlow stays within the confines of European ideology (the superego) even though he sees the injustice in it. This is shown by his continuation to work under European authority.
"She talked about 'weaning those ignorant millions from their horrid ways'..." pg. 65
"It was just as though I had been let into some conspiracy-- I don't know-- something not quite right." pg. 75
The lack of societal restraints represents the Id in Heart of Darkness.
"...but they had bone, muscle, a wild vitality, an intense energy of movement, that was as natural and true as the surf along their coast." pg. 67
"The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much." pg. 70
Joseph Conrad exposed the nightmares of imperialism and showed how irrational things can become when a society is taken out of the equation. The Congo, without European customs, seems uncivilized to the European imperialists and drives them over the edge. As a result, men in the Congo:
Commit suicide
Lose their mind
Become irrational and angry
Turn to cannibalism
Become ill
Psychological Effects of the Congo
Unconscious, the desires, and the defenses
Eldorado Exploring Expedition
"Reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage." pg. 101
"I don't know why we behaved like lunatics." pg. 100
"I've had to resist and to fend off and to attack sometimes. " pg. 82
Works Cited
Conrad, Joseph.
Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer.
New York: Dover, 1997. Print.
McLeod, S. A. (2008). "Id, Ego, and Superego." Web. 28 January 2014.
"Psychoanalytical Criticism."
Purdue Owl
. Web. 28 January 2014.
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