Name Institution Subject Course Submission Date Joseph Conrad has illuminated the dark side of colonialism. One does not have to do in-depth research on the imperialism that happened. The events during the time of French civilization are honest. They reflect the bad side of imperialism. This a result of its uncivilised nature by then. The continent was relatively lowly developed by then compare to the west. In conclusion I believe that Conrad portrays darkness which was inherent in every heart and interestingly he goes ahead and indirectly elaborates negative impacts of imperialism. [...]
What greatness had not floated on the ebb of that river into the mystery of an unknown earth?…The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealths, the germs of empire. “The sun set; the dusk fell on the stream and lights began to appear along the shore…And farther west on the upper reaches the place of the monstrous town was still marked ominously on the sky, a brooding gloom in sunshine, a lurid glare under the stars. “‘And this also,’ said Marlow suddenly, ‘has been one of the dark places of the earth.’” (5) The French extolled the “civilizing mission” of the new imperialism, but Joseph Conrad presented different side of empire-building in his novella, Heart of Darkness. In the above passage, he introduced the Thames, London and the British Empire as “dark places." Does Conrad effectively illuminate the dark side of imperialism? If so, how? Provide specific examples from the work to support your position.