Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Provide examples from Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness that indicate the author's sense that imperialism was reprehensible in the Belgian Congo.

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To start, imperialism is defined as...

...the domination of one state over a number of others.

In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, the author gives vivid imagery describing conditions when Charlie Marlow arrives at the lower station in the Congo.

Imperialism is noted first in studying the reason Marlow is originally hired to travel into the jungle:

...the company had received news that one of their captains had been killed in a scuffle with the natives...it was only months... afterward, when I made the attempt to recover what was left of the body, that I heard the original quarrel arose from a misunderstanding about some hens.

The captain, a "Dane" acting out of character, had taken his anger out on a village chief who he started beating with a stick—over a misunderstanding involving chickens. One of the "thunderstruck" natives that was watching—the chief's son—attacked the captain and killed him.

When Marlow finally arrived to find the remains where the captain had dropped—grass growing through his bones—he was stunned to find the village empty.

...the village was deserted, the huts gaped black, rotting, all askew within the fallen enclosures...The people had vanished. Mad terror had scattered them, men, women, and children, through the bush and they had never returned.

Marlow describes the dead captain:

The supernatural being had not been touched after he fell.

This shows how the natives perceived the white man—a mystery who brought violence with it—and fear that more would come. And they had.

Another vivid description to exemplify the morally reprehensible results of...

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