Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Comprehensive Research by Harold Bloom

By Harold Bloom

Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" isn't easily a critique of colonialism within the Congo, however it is an exam of the human tendency towards self-endangering corruptibility. during this up to date selection of severe essays, grasp literary pupil Harold Bloom means that this resonant paintings has taken at the energy of fable. This examine consultant to "Heart of Darkness" additionally beneficial properties an annotated bibliography and a list of alternative works by way of the writer.

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127). Thus understood, the concept serves to identify one of the most distinctive aspects of Conradian narrative. As far as Conrad is concerned, Bullough’s general 47 observation blends into the author’s need for distance both from his fiction and, in a complex way, from his audience, in order to write at all. The concept of distance needs, however, to be diversified to be helpful critically. The most important variants are temporal, spatial, and attitudinal distance. In ‘Heart of Darkness’, there is a significant temporal distance between Conrad’s personal experience in the Congo in 1890, on which the fiction is based, and the time of the novella’s writing approximately eight years later.

A resonant silence,” though it is not specifically a silence associated with the suppression of place names (137). ” Suggestive as this argument is, it would follow from the same reasoning that, since the Belgians are also not named, their (or their king’s) empire is not being specifically impugned (Preface 127). Andrea White, however, reaches a conclusion similar to Watts’s solely on the basis of Kurtz’s partially British origins (“Conrad” 192). 10. Aside from the by now familiar assertion that Kurtz is Marlow’s (and perhaps also Conrad’s) “double” (Burden, Heart 101), various attempts have been made to link Kurtz more or less closely with Conrad’s own father (Batchelor 84), with Nietzsche and Schopenhauer (Burden, Heart 43), with David Livingstone (Jean-Aubry, Life 2:121), and with Cecil Rhodes (Hay 113).

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