Heart of Darkness Essay | Autobiographical Elements in Joseph Conrad's "heart of Darkness"

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Autobiographical Elements in Joseph Conrad's "heart of Darkness"

Summary: "Heart of Darkness" is the most famous of Joseph Conrad's personal novels: a pilgrim's progress for a pessimistic and psychological age. The novel thus has its important public side as an angry document on absurd and brutal exploitation. In the characters of Marlowe and Kurtz, we see one of the greatest of Conrad's many moments of compassionate rendering. Significantly, all that narrated has been gathered from the hinterland of Conrad's own experiences during his Congo exploration.
"Heart of Darkness" is Conrad's journey to the Self/Autobiographical elements in the "Heart of Darkness"

(by: Purwarno, Faculty of English Literature, UISU, Medan, Indonesia. E-mail: purwarnofs@uisu.ac.id)

"Heart of Darkness" is the most famous of Joseph Conrad's personal novels: a pilgrim's progress for a pessimistic and psychological age. After having finished the main draft of the novel, Conrad had remarked, "Before the Congo, I was just a mere animal." The living nightmare of 1890 seems to have affected Conrad quite as importantly as the Andre Gide's Congo experience 36 years later. The autobiographical basis of the narrative is well known and its introspective bias obvious. This is Conrad's longest journey into self. But it would do well to remember that Heart of Darkness is also a sensitive vivid travelogue and a comment on "the vilest scramble for lost that...

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