Women In Heart Of Darkness

The era surrounding the writing of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is marked by a common literary representation of women. In stories of adventure and masculine personal growth, such as Heart of Darkness there is little real attention paid to women. Yet the reader should not be mistaken, the message of the personal opinion's of men about women is very clear and often one of the main underlying themes of the stories. When women are dealt with stylistically they are represented as imagined creatures. They are on the one hand resented for their personal influence over individual men and on the other idealized and cherished as the civilizing force in colonialism. In Heart of Darkness ...

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son often expressed by these men, literarily. There is at least a hint of such a troubling relationship between Kurtz and his mother, cemented at the end of the work by Marlow's conversation with Kurtz's fiancÚ. ''Ah, but I believed in him more than any one on earth--more than his own mother, more than--himself. He needed me! Me! I would have treasured every sigh, every word, every sign, every glance." (Conrad 161) Though this conversation is the climax of the whole moralistic pull the implication of the relationship between mother and son is paramount for this portion of the assessment. Additionally, it is clear that Kurtz, at least to some degree left England and went on this precarious adventure that many never return from to win the favor of his loves family.
There is also at least a limited amount of information associated with Marlow's relationship to the women in his life and especially that of his aunt, and strangely his benefactor in the company. In the following ...

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him. There was some resentment as well, expressed a bit later when he had to live down the recommendation he had received at the influence of his aunt. (79-80) Again when Marlow is saying his final goodbyes to his aunt he expresses his opinion of women:

"'You forget, dear Charlie, that the labourer is worthy of his hire,' she said, brightly. It's queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of ...

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