Dr. Vibha Sharma
Critical Writing and Literary Theory
17 ENM -11
15th October, 2018
Imperialistic Approach to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness
Vladimir Lenin, in his book, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (1917), describes the function of financial capital in generating profits from imperialist colonialism as the final stage of capitalist development to ensure greater profits. Between 1870 and 1918, imperialism was greatly supported by the Britishers due to the wealth and power that was to be procured through the means of expansion. The development of novels accompanied the Nationalism, and Imperialism is likewise woven into the fabric of literary works like a glittering gold thread illuminating the fountain of wealth that financed the aristocratic class. The authors like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte in their novels – Mansfield Park (1814) and Jane Eyre (1847) show how English imperial identity was dependent on the property earned through the means of slave trade in the Caribbean Islands. This paper revolves around the critical reception of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness from the perspective of imperialistic approach. Conrad explores the inner reality of European imperialism, how they manipulated the untouched natural resources of the Africa. The novella is the attack on the evil intentions of the Western Colonizers who in the lust of power and wealth ruin the unexplored countries.
Keywords: Europeans, imperialistic, Congolese, colonized.
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