Heart of darkness

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Heart of darkness

Joseph Conrad led an adventurous life and spent alot of his time at sea, most of his
novels and short stories are loosely based on some of his experinces. His inspiration for
Heart of Darkness came from his travels to the African Congo, where he witnessed the
horrors of slavery and the grim realities of Imperialism. These experinces reflect
throughout the book and give it a haunting realism.

Now to the synopsis: Heart of Darkness is the tale of a man named Marlow, a seaman and
wanderer. It is told through his eyes and from his POV using the 1st person narrative
except for the begining where an unamed narrator and couple of men(Marlow included)gather
in a boat on the river Thames and Marlow proceeds to to tell the story of his travels in
the Congo and experinces in what he describes as the dark heart of the world - the African
Congo(at that time it was still pretty much a black mark on the map with a few british
colonies tucked in and out).

He begins his journey on a French Man of War hitching a ride towards the congo where he
has been hired to captain an old steam boat docked at mouth of the Congo river just near
the central Ivory station run by the British.

When he arrives at the station he is disgusted by the attiudes of his fellow Brits as they
seem too preoccupied with Ivory and the money that can make from it, while exploiting the
natives for the said purposes. He soon finds himself Isolated from "the pilgrims" and
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