Friday, August 28, 2009

Cannibalism (Heart of Darkness)

"One of my hungry and forbearing friends was sounding in the bows just below me." (129)

In Heart of Darkness Conrad refers to Marlow's crew being made up of mostly cannibals. However, throughout the whole story, true cannibalism never takes place. The members of the crew were cannibals however in a totally different aspect. Serving more as a metaphor, the crew members are cannibals in the way that they overstep their limits of another human being. This would represent the Europeans overstepping their boundaries towards the natives.

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