Conrads intent

In two thousand and twelve, the Toureg rebellion had taken place in Northern Mali, causing several wars with the Malian government. This horrendous crisis started when the government of the Toure of Mali, had been over thrown(Guzman). The leader of the military coup was Captain Amadou Haya Sanago, “trained by the United States on several occasions”(Guzman). Showing that the citizens of the United States are blind of what their own government has been doing. The author of the novella, “Heart of Darkness”, Joseph Conrad, symbolically sheds light upon these ongoing issues in third world countries and how people now only choose to turn a blind eye towards.

The author of this novella, “Heart of Darkness“, who has been through ‘the darkest places in the world’, Conrad expresses his eye opening experience through the character Marlow’s similar journey through the Congo. Through Marlow’s journey into the Congo he witnesses horrors; he did not expect to see through his journey. Along Marlow’s way he hears of the “amazing Mr. Kurtz“(Conrad,159) and would grow eager to meet this “first class agent”(Conrad,159). When Marlow finally meets the mysterious Kurtz, he sees what horrid changes Kurtz had gone through and the evil that had grown within him.

In the novella, “Heart of Darkness” Conrad exposes symbolically, the blindness of rich civilizations, towards devastating issues in third world countries, through the Intendents blindness of Kurtz. The intendent who ‘knew Kurtz best” (248) had no idea of what dramatic changes the “first class agent” (Conrad,159) had gone through. The fact that the person who knew Kurtz best, did not realize what horrors occur in the Congo, symbolizes how people in western civilizations, have no idea of the ongoing tragedy’s in these third world countries. An example would be the United States, going into Africa and ‘creating conflicts to justify their presence in the resource rich continent’ and the Americans only paying attention to the ‘help’ that they are bringing to these poor countries. People only choose to pay attention to things that won’t upset them and do not worry of others issues.

The author of, “Heart of Darkness“,symbolically represents, third world countries ‘crying’ for help and the prominent first world countries blindness toward the issues through the essence of the fog. The steamer, trapped in an overwhelming fog, symbolizes first world countries not being able to see the unruly issues surrounding these poor countries, “The very loud cry, as of, infinite desolation”(Conrad,191,192) symbolizes the desperate need for help in third world countries, yet rich countries, enveloped in a blinding fog, do not choose to see it. Their provoked cries had only “given an irresistible impression of sorrow” (Conrad,197) but not help, those crying outside the fog desperately required. An example is Africa with extremely low resources, crying for the help of rich western civilizations; however, not enough is being done to help and save innocent lives. These western powers “were conquerers”(Conrad,140), only caring for their own needs and not the needs of countries desperate for help.

Most citizens of the United States, do not know that “west africa alone provides about 20 percent of the US supply of hydrocarbons”(Guzman), choosing not to pay attention to any of the issues that may come along with getting their resources. For all the ‘nice’ little items that rich countries have, their could always be somebody suffering for what you have purchased, all that it takes is for people to take a look into what they are buying. Help that is required in third world countries is not being done; people choose to turn a blind eye towards issues;”the rest of the world was no where as far as eyes and ears where concerned”(Conrad,192), can you take a look.



-Conrad, Joseph. (1998) Heart of darkness. In C. Watts (Eds.) Heart of Darkness and Other Tales. (pp. 133-252) New York: Oxford University Press.

-Guzman, Timothy,(2012) America invades Africa the resource war, Global research, Silent crow news.


2 responses to “Conrads intent”

  1. joshboutin says :

    I think you used a very strong point with the Mali conflict. I think that the majority of people here in North America don’t know much, if anything, about it

  2. karlingvanh says :

    I like the content of your essay however, I felt like I didn’t hear your voice until the last two sentences of your conclusion. You did a really nice job of relating what is going on in reality to examples from the book, and the video at the end was a nice touch and helps the concept of your essay.

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