Kurtz is a man of many talents—we learn, among other things, that he is a gifted musician and a fine painter—the chief of which are his charisma and his ability to lead men. The doctor practices the once-popular pseudoscience of phrenology, which evaluates and judges people based on the shape and measurements of their head. They all want to be appointed to a station so that they can trade for ivory and earn a commission, but none of them actually takes any effective steps toward achieving this goal. Thus, memories are not carried away with the individual, but are also rooted in where they took place; the two are inseparable. Marlow constantly referred to darkness and lightness which shows Conrad's racism.
Ivory was the only thing which gave him power, it made him strong and with the help of ivory he wanted to teach the others to respect him. . Memories are unreliable and subject to change over time as one interprets the past according to their current bias. Nevertheless there was something which attracted the people. The women knitting with three threads present the goddess of fates and in Greek mythology; in the underworld fate of a man is made by three threads. This sentence closely ties memory to space, suggesting that space is a sort of vessel for the memories belonging to it.
They want to see everything clearly even through the fog. They were sitting on straw bottomed chairs and knitting black wool. This is one of the best examples in the novel that shows an unconventional view of what a person's religion can be. She walked with measured steps, draped in striped and fringed cloths, treading the earth proudly, with a slight jingle and flash of barbarous ornaments. When they arrive at the inner station, they find that Kurtz has become a king, almost a God to the tribesmen and women who he has bent to his will. And it was the same with the Christian religion; it was founded to give the people a sense of their life.
Conrad gives the name heart of darkness to this place. Impressionism greatly influenced Modernist writing styles, as it marked a shift away from realism. Although he remains an enigma even to Marlow, Kurtz clearly exerts a powerful influence on the people in his life. The hero that Nietzsche considers is the law of himself: he does not have to be limited by the consideration for the other people, and by stupid laws and rules. Psychological, Philosophical and Religious Elements of Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness is a kind of little world unto itself.
Religion Although there is controversy over whether Conrad is critiquing colonialism or not, it is clear that he is critiquing religion. For me, they represent the untruthfulness of imperialism and religion. And in the hush that had fallen suddenly upon the whole sorrowful land, the immense wilderness, the colossal body of the fecund and mysterious life seemed to look at her, pensive, as though it had been looking at the image of its town tenebrous and passionate soul. 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. Kurtz, Marlow is told from the beginning, is mad.
They carry long wooden staves with them everywhere, reminding Marlow of traditional religious travelers. By Kelly Machata Christian influences on the novel In the Garden of Eden the devil presented himself to Eve in the form of the snake, tricking her into eating the forbidden fruit, which was a sin. He is also a master storyteller, eloquent and able to draw his listeners into his tale. Illness Illness is a major factor in this novella. The director, satisfied the anchor had good hold, made his way aft and sat down amongst us.
Of course we only see it through Marlow's perspective, which means it is very limited, but his descriptions give us some idea of the kind of religion they practice. And what price must he pay for his lie? Certainly Heart of Darkness is preoccupied with general questions about the nature of good and evil, or civilization and savagery. The theme of appearance versus reality is a major one in the text. Thus everyone is trying to see something in the darkness. Marlow's relationship with Kurtz and what he represents to Marlow is really at the crux of the novel. Similarly, Marlow has no clear idea of what the natives might do to him if Kurtz gave them free rein, and it is possible that this uncertainty increases his fear.
In Europe, colonization of Africa was justified on the grounds that not… Heart of Darkness portrays a European civilization that is hopelessly and blindly corrupt. In a quest, a hero passes through a series of difficult tests to find an object or person of importance, and in the process comes to a realization about the true nature of the world or human soul. This sentiment is echoed as a theme throughout the text, leading some scholars most notably, Chinua Achebe to criticize Heart of Darkness on account of its racism and xenophobia towards African people. The blacks were the uncivilized to the Europeans' eyes but Kurtz felt that they were not. Kurtz is near his unavoidable end. Black men in this book first appear as members of a chain gang, and they gain little power after that scene.
This relates to the theme of European hypocrisy in the novella. He was useful because he had been instructed; and what he knew was this--that should the water in that transparent thing disappear, the evil spirit inside the boiler would get angry through the greatness of his thirst, and take a terrible vengeance. This is the tragedy of imperialism in that the arrival of the white man heralds a new order, but in the creation of that order, they retain the tools and the authority. Consider how this theme of obscurity runs throughout Heart of Darkness and how this affects the perception of truth and reality. And certainly Heart of Darkness raises and elaborates upon some quite specific moral questions: What saves Marlow from becoming evil? Nietzsche says also, that Christianity has first to burden the heart, and afterwards it's able to lighten it.