The message is the same however: colinization destoys at the native peoples expense, close-minded European views perpetuate racism in these nations, and evil is a driving and yet sometimes unnoticed force.Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Poland in 1874.
This had a profound impact on his writing, and it really developed and deepened his passion for the sea.
However, his sense of adventure had not yet faded away, and he found himslef in 1889 as a captain of a steamboat on the Congo River.
As many as six million Africans died during the brutal rubber trade, overseen by the Belgians.
Many are forced to be "carriers," for people on jungle expeditions that need to move cargo from one place to another.
His brush with death opened his eyes, and he then realized that changes needed to be made in his life.
In 1878 he found himself in England, where he spent the next 16 years of his life in the British navy.The natives are seen as expendable and therefore the quality of life given them is not as important.Conrad uses the character of Marlow to utilize his own thoughts and perceptions of the people in the Congo.Conrad later returned to England in 1891 and worked as a sailor til 1894.He then retired from sailing and spent the rest of his life writing.He first became familiarized with the English language at the age of eight, because his father translated works of Shakespeare and Conrad became interested in them.He was a very smart child, and did quite well in school.These packages they carry on their backs, on rough footpaths through the jungle, weigh between 40 and 70 pounds. It is a hard life, but this history sets up the action behind the drama in this book, as far as helping to smuggle ivory out, or carry supplies into the jungle nation.The recurring theme of darkness (a symbol for the reality of the society) and fear perpetuate the action, and utimatly envelops the characters that struggle with this dilema such as Kurtz.He married, had two sons, but lived on a modest budget.He was a poor, and frequently got into trouble, but kept on writing.