"Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad

Essay by Jeremiah SolizCollege, UndergraduateB+, February 1997

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It seems like everywhere there is something in life that seems to be left behind. In the books I read about mystery or suspense, this always seems to be the case in such. The Heart of Darkness draws me into such depths of suspense and unknown that seem to assciate with my life.

This whole book is full of mysteries. Marlow has a heart that is full of mytery when he is stuck in Africa, and looking for a man named Kurtz. Marlow is waiting, he learns about where the place is at, what could be coming ahead. Maybe he was just acquiring some ideas of what was ahead, or who he would be working with. Why is all this senselessness happening around him?

Marlow is enthralled with mystery. You wouldn't think that somebody would be simply crazy to go and take a trip down the Congo river. He has heard some aspects about the place, and the way it seems to suck the visitors in.

All the people getting diseases. One would go insane there, so why? Why would he wnat to go do this? Again, it's full of mystery, and that makes an interesting book.

Kurtz, with this person, I can not express how much mystery applies to him and his personality. People haven't heard from him for quite a long time, because h eis up the river from the station where Marlow is at. People are wanting the boss, and they're getting restless. Is Kurtz, sick? Could one of these people get a new promotion in their job? The people don't want Marlow to go explore up the river a ways and kind Kurtz, suppling him with help that he might need. And yet, Marlow needs Kurtz.

Yet, there is the mystery of the Congo river...