Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Was "Heart of Darkness" just a dark and depressing novel? Or were there positive moments in it? Why did they seem positive? i have to write 500 words on this by the 29th so i really could use some insight or thoughts to get me started! thanks!

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"Heart of Darkness" surely has its depressing moments. It is a journey of discovery and what Marlow finds is not "positive" according to twenty-first century standards. But it's not just a dark and depressing novel. Conrad wrote in his preface to "The Nigger of Narcissus" “Art itself may be defined as a single-minded attempt to render the highest kind of justice to the visible universe, by bringing to light the truth, manifold and one, underlying its very aspect.” So what Conrad was attempting to do in the novel is express some kind of truth and truth is not always "happy". However, the truth for Marlow is enlightening for others. Conrad...

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