The story begins with Gregor waking up, only to find himself changed into an insect. Before he became an insect, Gregor was a salesman who worked hard to please his boss as well as his parents. He never…
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Gregor was trying to explain the chief clerk that it was not his wish not to come to work, but was due to his incapability. He wanted the chief clerk not to misjudge him. The chief clerk, however, ran away and seemed scared. This scared Gregor because he knew the chief clerk would say wrong things about him to the boss and at the company. He then decided to follow the chief clerk, just to explain himself, to calm down the chief clerk, and let him go when he was not upset. This was not understood by his father who used a stick to push him back to the room. He got injured, and this did not seem abnormal, since he was just an insect. Beneath the surface, there is Gregor who thinks like a human being and still feels like he should be treated as one, yet the family members only see an insect. Beneath the surface, there is Gregor who feels sad about his inability to work and support the family, yet the family, on the other hand, only considered him a burden. There was more to Gregor’s behaviors and change into the insect. There was Gregor and his worries, good intentions and love that could not be seen and were completely misinterpreted. From the story, Gregor turns into a bug, but beneath the bug, there is a deeper meaning; may be the bug represents the manner in which Gregor was treated by his family members. The bug represents the gap between Gregor and the family members. The members misunderstood all his intentions and behaviors and acted on what they thought about him.
The heart of Darkness symbolizes the horror within Africa that is unknown to the people in Europe. This is Marlow’s story about his adventures. It begins with him talking about one of the darkest places he had visited. From the surface, the story is about Marlow, talking about his adventures, but beneath the surface, the story could be all about Marlow as an experienced sailor who survived tough times. The story tells how powerful Marlow is, and the amount of
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Shipments had stopped and they wanted to know why. As he struggles up the river in a broken down steamship, Marlow starts to gain a better appreciation for the realities of imperialism as compared to what it was thought to be back in London. To discuss these deep ideas, he tells the other sailors about them in terms of dark and light symbolizing 'civilized' as opposed to 'primitive' societies.
He conquered Congo, because of its natural resources, especially rubber and ivory. This story focuses on the slave trade and the oppressive conditions in Congo. Marlow’s mission is to bring back Kurtz, a company employee, who failed to come back. Marlow’s journey to the Inner Station exposed realities about the evils of European imperialism and humanity.
Marlow’s character is expressed early in the story as he contemplates the Roman citizen surveying the banks of the Thames. All he would have seen was darkness and savagery compared to mother Rome. Yet at the same time, Marlow says that the Roman would have a difficult time rejecting the barbarians of Britain outright.
The novel describes the wilderness in Congo, the cruel treatment of the African natives by the Europeans and in turn showcases the act of evil committed by the human beings. The novel is written in the narrative form through the words of the central character of the story, Charles Marlow.
Conrad wrote this novel in 1890s during the time when European placed the darkest sites of the world under their control. Europeans scrambled and stretched their powers outside their continent to far parts of Africa. This novel provides an account of European imperial activities in Congo.
Thus, it seems that Joseph Conrad’s work gives the readers a chance to identify how European ideals are darker than the African ones as the work is, in some way, a comparison of both. The novella takes place in Congo. The work is in the form of a narration by Marlow from a barge on Thames.
He searched for Kurtz and encountered a man who took him to a realization that he never expected. The novel depicts imperialism in complex ways. Perhaps the clearest illustration of imperialism was when Marlow reached the outer station. Surrounded by slave workers, with large holes filled with broken machines around him, he said that “imperialism is really composed of the bodies he had seen”.
Marlow initially sees Kurtz as a mad man. He realizes that when in the presence of boundless temptations, any man could go a little mad. He sees the very extremes of madness in Kurtz, the man who couldn't hold on to his soul when a chance for its corruption presented itself.