These ideas of Imperialism and Colonialism are two massive Romantic ideals. She is filled with love for Kurtz. But soon, the lust for greed and power can longer be denied. If that sounds like a pretty scary deal to you, you're right. He then begins to narrate a personal experience in Africa, which led him to become a freshwater sailor and gave him a terrible glimpse of colonization.
They meet a man who resembles a harlequin. Although Marlow finds stability in the material world, Conrad suggests that there is a power in the immaterial, the mystical clout of objects. Marlow reaches back to Europe and finds the family of Kurtz. The ship on which Marlow is supposed to set sail is broken. This puzzles Marlow, but he does not think much of it. Greatness and Glory At first Charles Marlow and Mr. However, a hale and hearty Kurtz was seven feet long and unmatched in strength.
Marlow does not tell her of anything evil which befell to or was befallen by Kurtz. John Untermacher, October 15, 2007, and Adam Kissel, ed. Marlow lies, telling her that Kurtz said her name. This is the only news he learns of their fate. He sees that the natives of the country were practically enslaved and forced to work under very harsh conditions. It represents only the appearance of progress, not any true advances. The theme of appearance versus reality is a major one in the text.
Eventually, he began to sail on British ships, and became a British citizen in 1886, at the age of 29. In the 19th century, the British Empire also could have been considered a world power due to its extensive colonization. There, Marlow examines a map of Africa filled in by various colors representing the European countries that colonized those areas. He has a keen understanding of the power of words. When Marlowe signs on to take this voyage, he sees a couple of old women knitting in the corner. The Pilgrims shoot back from the ship with rifles. The Europeans claimed to be bringing civility to the colonies, but in the process, they lose their own.
One of the most brutal of the European colonies in its treatment of the native Africans was the Belgian Congo, the property of the Belgian King Leopold I. Kurtz does not want to leave because he has essentially become part of the tribe. Note how darkness and lightness are not qualities inherent to any peoples or places, but they can change. We finally meet Kurtz, who's so ill he's carried out on a stretcher. In this passage, however, these associations are challenged. He tells Marlow that nothing could persuade him to join the Company down in the Congo.
Eventually, he had to be carried in a hammock, and when the hammock skinned his nose and was dropped by the natives, he demanded that Marlow do something to punish them. Marlow, a seaman, was out of job for a certain period. Cannibals: The natives hired to be the crew of the steamer, they are known to be reasonable and mild mannered. He and his company are attacked by African natives, and some of the crew are killed. Marlow follows the Brickmaker back to his quarters, which are much nicer than any but the General Manager's. As a young man, Marlow spent approximately six years sailing in the Pacific before returning to London — where he then saw, in a shop window, a map of Africa and the Congo River.
This natural shadow is seen extensively in the African jungles, a wilderness impenetrable even by sunlight, as you can see in the modern-day image on screen. He was in charge of the ship that was to reach the station of Kurtz and rescue him. Marlow hurried across the English Channel to sign his contracts at the Company's headquarters in Brussels. It is sitting on the mouth of the Thames. Marlow finally reached the mouth of the Congo. His having nothing to say is not a reflection of any lack of substance, but is instead his realization that anything he might have to say would be so abstruse and profound that he would have been unable to put it into words.
Kurtz entrusts Marlow with all of his old files and papers. The light has been unable to penetrate the darkness. He looks, almost literally, like death. This sentence closely ties memory to space, suggesting that space is a sort of vessel for the memories belonging to it. The main idea of darkness is shown through what Marlow had learnt through his journey which is that there is darkness within every human, and that is a connection between all humans of every race and colour, no matter how civilised or how educated. Kurtz find their insatiable lust for wealth, power, and notoriety not only acceptable but expected. As the sun sets, the four men become contemplative and brooding; eventually, Marlow breaks the spell of silence by beginning his tale about his voyage to the Congo.
Marlow, the manager and few other men were on board to take Kurtz back. After ten days of observing the Chief Accountant's ill temper, Marlow departs for his 200-mile journey into the interior of the Congo, where he will work for a station run by a man named. To modern readers, this reasoning is flawed because it is based in inherently racist beliefs used to justify further European violence and dominance over native populations. He got appointed as a sea captain for British Imperialistic forces in Africa partly because of his enchantment for the big uncoiled snake like river of Congo and partly for getting a job. He does not want to leave the station because his plans have not been fully realized. They are dark and rather desolate, in spite of the flurry of human activity around them.