Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad, is a tale within a tale about the horrors that Marlow encountered during his voyage, far away from civilization, into the true heart of man.
Conrad not only provides the reader with an interesting storyline and profound characters, but also gives his opinion to the question of the nature of man, as he argues that when people face death, they show their true, evil colours.
It being a tale shows how dream-like and blurry his experience was. He not only faced a new dangerous land and its inhabitants, but also a mirror that reflected his own spiritual essence, as he slowly took off all the masks of the rich world he came from. The jungle brought him back to his roots, for self preservation was the only thing in is mind. The shadow of brutality and evil that imperialism has put over Africa, not only consumed the land but also the people. Some of them managed to escape the horror, others, such as Kurtz, became its victim. He came into the new land and began to exploit it, without realizing that he was also being exploited himself. The jungle devoured him and he became a part of it. However, he was not completely dead, as his soul survived. Towards the end of the novella, Kurtz is described as nothing but a â€œvoiceâ€