Heart of Darkness
We learn in an introduction to Conradâ€™s work that â€œthe theme of the story is partly the â€˜choice of nightmares facing whites in the Congoâ€”either to become like the commercially minded manager, who sees Africa, its people, and its resources solely as instruments of financial gain, or to become like Kurtz, the self-tortured and corrupted idealistâ€ (1953).
What are these nightmare images that represent the two possible â€œchoicesâ€? What are your interpretations of the moral challenges presented in the story and exactly what political message is Conradâ€™s first-person narrator, Marlow, trying to convey? How does the narrativeâ€™s symbolic setting factor into your interpretations? Finally, how do these concepts and elements differ from those that we encountered from the Romantic period?
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