Prominently, King Leopold II of Belgium usurped the Congo territory in which he wreaked horrible atrocities (Gondola). Heart of Darkness draws itself from this dark annal of human history. As stated before, the novel does not seek to decry the Belgian treachery, but rather to explore meaning and civility—a lofty task. This is accomplished first by presenting the Conrad perspective through description and allusion; and then pitting different characters against such a world. Their reactions are, in essence, answers to the generalized timeless question posed by bleak conclusions of existence: what is the point of life if we are doomed to life?
The Congolese natives are uncivilized and a more primitive human life form than the European colonists. Their behavior in the novel further proves that they are savage beings. They communicate via a “violent babble of uncouth sounds” (Conrad 28) and “short grunting phrases” (65) and are seen as “naked human beings—with spears in their hands, with bows, with shields, with wild glances and savage movements” (99). The natives act similar to what prehistoric humans would have, proving to be a very primitive form of life. The nature of the way the Congolese live is considered savage by the Europeans due to how uncivilized they are.
Evil in Beowulf, to illustrate the obvious contrast between good and evil and puts a spin on it by telling the story from Grendel’s point of view, ultimately connecting to the theme of Grendel’s need for community in Gardner’s work. In Beowulf, the author emphasizes the differences between Good and Evil by portraying the monsters as unstoppable forces, while most humans are depicted at the monsters’ mercy. An example of the theme Good vs. Evil in Beowulf is “So Hrothgar’s men lived happy in his hall Till the monster stirred, that demon, that fie, Grendel, who haunted the moors, the wild Marshes, and made his home in hell…” (Beowulf, Canto 1 Lines 101-104). This quote from Beowulf shows how the men in Herot are at peace until the monster, Grendel, ruins the serenity of the hall.
“They were conquerors…They grabbed what they could get for the sake of what was to be got. It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale, and men going at it blind-as is very proper for those who tackle a darkness. 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. What redeems it is the idea only” (Conrad 4). | Through narrative structure, Marlow’s viewpoint of imperialism is reflected, revealing the blindness of conquering.
How does Joseph Conrad portray nature in Part II of Heart of Darkness? Nature is portrayed throughout Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness as a force combatting the white man’s imperialistic ambitions and dominates the imagery and thematic concerns throughout the novella. Part Two of the book gives vivid descriptions of the Congo’s natural envczironment through Marlow’s narrative as he travels in the repaired steamer downriver deeper into the African continent towards the Inner Station and Kurtz himself. In the middle chapter of the book, nature plays a key role in setting the scene and providing a backdrop to Western imperialism. Conrad creates this image through his portrayal of the environment as an extremely foreboding and overbearing setting, a disease spreading force hostile to colonisation and as the precursor to civilization.
His choices of characters were specific so that their behaviors and relationships easily exemplify his perceptions of human beings. During the time of the war with Hitler and his followers in Nazi Germany, Golding concluded, “man produces evil as a bee produces honey”. The reflections he made in the late 50’s provoked Golding’s critical portrayal of the “end of innocence” which is shown through the primitive and violate actions of his characters. Golding has effectively scrutinized and encouraged further thinking of the darkness in man’s heart in his enthralling novel, “Lord of the Flies.” Golding symbolizes his premise of the underlying darkness within mankind through his image of the beast. For the entirety of the book, the tribe fears the beast, as they believe it is “something that they can hunt and kill.” Ironically, it is while hunting the beast, their supposed threat, that the boys become obsessed with a blood-lust manner.
King Leopold's Ghost tells a story of the Belgian King Leopold II and his misrule of an African colony, named (at the time) the Congo Free State. It is a wild and unpleasant story of a man's capacity for evil and the peculiar manifestation of it. In telling this story, Hochschild does a wonderful job of giving detailed descriptions, especially of the colorful individuals involved, both good and bad. His analysis of the situation is very solid, starting with the movement when the Congolese hero (Morel) finds out a very terrible fact and moving on through his (Morel) analysis and actions, all the while telling the story of a treacherous monster. Set in the palaces and boardrooms of Europe and in the villages of central Africa, it tells the story of the tragedy that took place during Leopold's so called rule, a tragedy that is so familiar to African-Americans, being told of our African brothers residing in the homeland.
Paper #4 In Aime Cesaire, A Tempest, the role of Caliban is a monster that is controlled by Prospero who later plots a revolt against him. Through the character of Caliban, Cesaire addresses the acts of British Imperialism in Africa. Throughout the play we see Prospero overpower Caliban with his orders and magic. Caliban is constantly put into an inferior position. One of the key tools to Caliban’s inferior stature is his ability to understand the language of the Europeans’, which Prospero had taught him.
“I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire, but, by all the stars! These were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils.” The repetition of ‘devil’ highlights Marlow’s animosity towards the men who have enslaved the Africans. Following Britain’s motives the men perceive their actions benefit the natives, however realistically as Marlow describes, they were “pretending, weak-eyed devils.” As we read on, Marlow’s recount of the natives as “erect and slow, with limbs like knots in a rope,” provides a confronting perspective of their welfare, and through the use of simile the reader is able to truly understand how
After Piggy’s glasses are stolen by Jack’s tribe, intellectualism has been lost to savages and Piggy is blinded entirely- rationality is blinded entirely. A very important symbol is The Lord of the Flies, the head of the pig Jack had slaughtered. The pig’s head represents man’s capacity for evil as well as the power of evil. The quote “Fancy thinking the beast was something you could hunt