The immortality and blindness to a dark continentJoseph ConradÃÂs s novel ÃÂHeart of DarknessÃÂ portrays an image of Africa that is dark and inhuman. Not only does he describe the actual, physical continent of Africa as ÃÂso hopeless and so dark, so impenetrable to human thought, so pitiless to human weaknessÃÂ, (Conrad 2180) as though the continent could neither breed nor support any true human life. Conrad lived through a time when European colonies were scattered all over the world. This phenomenon and the doctrine of colonialism bought into at his time obviously influenced his views at the time of ÃÂHeart of DarknessÃÂ publication. Very few people saw anything amiss with colonialism in Africa and the African people. From a Eurocentric point of view, colonialism was the natural next-step in any powerful countries political agenda. The colonizers did not pay heed to the native peoples in their territories, nor did they think of the natives as anything but savages.
In the ÃÂHeart of DarknessÃÂ, Joseph Conrad uses Marlow to contradict the acts of man and the destruction they brought forth to Africa and their people. Conrad shows, through fiction, that the blindness and lack of morality in Africa allowed for the release of the darkness from the hearts of the colonists.
In the opening of his novel, ÃÂHeart of DarknessÃÂ, Conrad, through Marlow, establishes his thoughts on colonialism. He says that conquerors only use brute force, "nothing to boast ofÃÂ (Conrad 2143) because it arises, by accident, from another's weakness. Marlow compares his subsequent tale of colonialism with that of the Roman colonization of Northern Europe and the fascination associated with such an endeavor. In comparison to Marlow thoughts on European colonizing, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the writer of ÃÂManchester Chamber of CommerceÃÂ, states that ÃÂNo part of Africa,