Themes in Heart of Darkness
Views of the Wilderness
There are three basic views of the African wilderness in Heart of Darkness:
- Some, like Marlows Aunt, see Africa as full of savages that need to be saved. This view is demonstrated in the famous poem White Mans Burden.
- To others, like the Belgians in the Outer Station, Africa represents economic prospects such as free slave labor and ivory. This is the underlying reasoning of colonialism.
- To those such as Marlow, Africa represents a chance for adventure and self exploration.