Theme of the novel “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad
The quote “Will they attack? “, “We will be all butchered in this fog” (Part1) in the novel Heart of Darkness shows, that they aren’t sure, if they are safe. In the Heart of Darkness the characters and situations changes very fast. In point good and evil there is no real conclusion, which of the person is good or evil. You hear a few things about Mr. Kurtz, who should be a remarkable. Later you see him as a savage man, who is the leader of a clan of natives. In the first station Marlow sees a lot of natives, who works as slaves. They are called criminals. (Part1)So you think the trader of the company abuse their power and enslave the natives. Later the steamer of Marlow is attacked by a big group of natives. In this situation it is the opposite.(Part1) The attack was ordered by Kurtz, so that they think he is dead.(Part2) “They were dying slowly-it was clear. They were not enemies, the were not criminals, they were nothing earthly now, nothing but black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom” points out Marlow. He made the experience, that he is the only one who is checking the situation, while the others think they are foes. The book has a big collection of scene for the theme good and evil. The book is very similar to the movie “Apocalypse Now”, that is about good and evil, too. The movie takes place in the Vietnam War.
By Malte Bolesta