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Imperialism In Heart Of Darkness

Discuss the theme of imperialism in Heart of Darkness.

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In order to discuss the theme of imperialism in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, it is important to do some investigating into the definition of the term. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, imperialism is defined as

state policy, practice, or advocacy of extending power and dominion, especially by direct territorial acquisition or by gaining political and economic control over other areas.

In other words, imperialism describes a situation in which a more powerful country takes over a less powerful country's resources in order to gain additional power for themselves. The theme of imperialism is a major point of discussion in Conrad's novel.

In the novel, the main character describes some of the major implications of imperialism and, in doing so, provides us with one of the most notable critique's of the subject. At one point, Mr. Kurtz is described as a "very remarkable person" who "sends in as much ivory as all the others put together." Not only is Kurtz noted for his ability to bring in...

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