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PDF | On Apr 8, , Siddhant Kalra and others published Heart of Joseph Conrad‟s Heart of Darkness was written in and was . as Chinua Achebe – widely considered to be the father of the African novel - have. Free download of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Available in PDF, ePub and site. Read, write reviews Book Description HTML. Captain Charles. the famous Conrad scholar Cedric Watts notes, Heart of Darkness “can be psychological odyssey, symbolic novel, and mediated autobiography” (xviii)1. What.

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His writing is amazing, especially when you think about how English was not his first language. Plot Marlow is a riverboat captain at the Company at least, he becomes one, as the book starts , which is a Belgian trade company in the Congo. It all starts as Marlow sets foot at the Central station after his steamship has been sunk. So, he has to wait there for the ship to be repaired. During this time, he learns more about a legendary-like figure, Kurtz, that everyone fears and talks about.

The manager of Central Station seems to fear him as well since he sees him as a threat that could endanger his position. The rumors say that Kurtz is ill. The voyage is long and far from easy. The dense jungle is everywhere, and so is the profound silence, which makes everyone feel at the edge of their seats.

Some time in their journey, the crew comes across a hut near which firewood is stacked. Next, to it, there is a note saying that the wood is for them.

They load the firewood into the steamboat, and shortly after they finish the job, the boat sinks into a thick fog. As the fog lifts, they are attacked by natives, who fire at them from the forest, so they cannot be seen. Marlow manages to scare them off with the steam whistle. After some time, they arrive at the Inner Station, where Kurtz is. Everyone expects that he is already dead, but they are assured that he is all right.

The Russian trader that meets them upon their arrival and breaks them the news tells them that he is the one that left the wood for them. Marlow notices from the behavior and telling of the Russian that Kurtz is considered as a god among the natives, and has used his position to raid the territory for ivory.

Around the station, there is a fence made of severed heads, which he uses to scare off anyone who wants to defy him. The men take Kurtz out of his room on a stretcher to take him to the ship. The natives come out of the woods, and surrounds him, as he addresses them.

Then, he is brought aboard the steamship. He is quite ill. In the meantime, Marlow sees a beautiful woman walking down the shore, and constantly staring at their direction — at the ship. The Russian speaks about her, revealing that she got involved with Kurtz as his mistress, and influenced his way of thinking, causing trouble. In fact, Kurtz is the one who ordered the attack the steamship went through, hoping that if they get attacked, they will get discouraged thinking he has already passed away.

That way, they might return where they came from, and he might be left to accomplish all of his plans.

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Marlow swears that he will keep it a secret. That night, Kurtz disappears for a moment, but Marlow notices and goes out to search for him. They are kept out of it.

From one perspective, they are free from the blame of what European man is charged with. Women are far away from the grim realities of colonialism. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset.

IJELLH Volume 6, Issue 11, November Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of creation would start up and knock the whole thing over. Conrad 13 This is again another boastful remark of a man who is proud to be a man.

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Woman is characterized with fantasy and also exoticized here. It is man who has been in the world since its beginning not the woman; even if woman changed their position from periphery to centre then the structure would collapse in no time.

The aunt and the Intended, give us a perfect glimpse at the condition of the women in the late Victorian England. The two women in the novel may thus be studied as representing the Victorian world of women as a foil to the world of men that is the world of trade and commerce, of deception, hypocrisy and exploitation.

Even if Conrad placed the women characters at the centre of all imperialistic-colonial activities, it would not only be unreal and but also unconvincing because of the ideology that woman cannot take part in large and external works.

So here we see woman is suppressed herself. Thus they are made minor characters as the tale demands them to be. The lady is portrayed as one who is weak, mournful, and almost fragile in her grief for Kurtz.

She had a mature capacity for fidelity, for belief, for suffering. The room seemed to have grown darker, as if all the sad light of the cloudy evening had taken refuge on her forehead. This fair hair, this pale visage, this pure brow, seemed surrounded by an ashy halo from which the dark eyes looked out at me. Their glance was guileless, profound, confident, and trustful.

She carried her sorrowful head as though she was proud of that sorrow, as though she would say, I--I alone know how to mourn for him as he deserves.

The heroic image of Kurtz in the heart of the Intended remains the same because of her lack of true knowledge.

They think they are on a mission of civilizing the uncivilized world. The false glory of colonialism is allowed to be remained as same in the minds of ignorant. The Intended has also an equally unalterable view about Kurtz.

Conrad 98 So this is their psychic penury, they thought they are deprived of such qualities what men have. Despite their psychic penury, it is the Intended, who is on the periphery, sticks to the idealistic view of colonialism.

Her sacrifice-her repression of womanhood or sexuality, her lifelong unprized waiting for Kurtz-is not simply a sacrifice for the love of an individual, but rather for a philanthropic ideal.

And it is this ideal that can give her the strength of mind to live the rest of her life alone. Therefore, it is not the man rather woman who gives new meaning to the text. The background was sombre - almost black.

The image is highly symbolic, and the symbolic significance of the picture has been beautifully analysed by a critic in the following terms: Europe, symbolized by the Intended, in Africa, symbolized by darkness--but, the torch will be quenched, the blind woman swallowed whole.

Marlow did not really lie: Kimbrough Having no name of the African Mistress, like other characters in the novel, is quite meaningful. She is denied of her individual identity and made known only in terms of her relation with man like Kurtz. As Beauvoir says: Humanity is male and man defines woman not in herself but as relative to him; she is not regarded as autonomous being.

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Michelet writes: Man can think of himself without woman. She cannot think of herself without man. For him she is sex — absolute sex, no less. She is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental, the inessential as opposed to the essential.

He is the subject; he is the absolute-she is the Other. Beauvoir 12 Here the subject is Kurtz and the Other is the Mistress.

Kurtz was bewitched by her wild beauty and spirit. Her charm is even enhanced by the pain of immediate separation which cast its shadow on her face.

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Marlow observes that her face had a tragic and fierce aspect of wild sorrow and of dumb pain mingled with the fear of some struggling, half- shaped resolve. She stood looking at them without a stir, and like the wilderness itself, with an air of brooding over an inscrutable purpose.

She is the object of European lust and is destined to be ravaged and exploited sexually as the country is being exploited by the greedy colonizers through ivory trade. Because they have the authority to depict the African mistress the way they want.

Conrad as a European has the authority to depict the other. While describing the native woman, Marlow has used the word apparition.A stunningly beautiful native woman, reputed to be the mistress of Kurtz, stares at the ship from the shoreline.

Around the station, there is a fence made of severed heads, which he uses to scare off anyone who wants to defy him. In the novel itself Marlow says that the women hardly have any role to play in the colonial exercises. The living trees, lashed together by the creepers and every living bush of the undergrowth, might have been changed into stone, even to the slenderest twig, to the lightest leaf.


They load the firewood into the steamboat, and shortly after they finish the job, the boat sinks into a thick fog. It ceased. You stand the climate—you outlast them all. An athletic black belonging to some coast tribe and educated by my poor predecessor, was the helmsman.

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