Heart of Darkness Essay | The Theme of Pessimism in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

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The Theme of Pessimism in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

Summary: Discusses the theme of pessimism in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Analyzes the character Marlow and discusses his attitudes toward life and civilisation.
In the novel "The Heart of Darkness" Marlow, the main character, becomes very pessimistic about life and creates a very nihilistic ideals. Nihilism means that the world is seen without meaning or purpose, it is usually understood as being extremely pessimistic about life. Marlow is a riverboat captain that has taken a job with a trading company stationed in the Congo. Ever since Marlow was young he has dreamed about exploring the empty and unknown areas of the world. When Marlow arrives in the Congo he does not encounter an unexplored region but instead one destroyed by the greed of western civilised man. The natives of Congo have been captured and used as slaves in the interests of the trading company who are exploiting any wealth the country may possess. During the novel Marlow encounters many situations that depict the...

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