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Posted November 14, 2007 at 6:42 AM via web

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What is the Thesis in The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad?

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Posted November 14, 2007 at 9:03 AM (Answer #1)

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Conrad suggests that civilization is necessary to contain—give order to—the evil that constitutes our most inner being. The story negates Rousseau’s romantic idea of the noble savage, suggesting that there is nothing noble at all about primitive life, for left to our own ways, we would descend into evil.  Traveling into the center of Africa is traveling into the heart of the individual, away from social rules and demands and into a place where people act by impulse and greed, seeing their own benefit.  That is the meaning behind the words “The horror! The horror!”

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