An Ecological Analysis: the Sense of Loss from Heart of Darkness

Weilin LI


Conrad is universally renowned for his cynical observations and ecological philosophy as well as his exceptional writing skills. Most of his works, especially Heart of Darkness, include intensive descriptions of the human-nature relationship which has been distorted by the ceaseless expansion of industrialization and imperialism, and thus fall into the category of ecoliterature. The ecological point of view refreshes the studies on Conrad’s writings, and enables people to re-recognize the value of his stories. This paper analyzes Heart of Darkness from this new ecological scope by exploring the implied human-nature dichotomy and the resultant impact on both sides. By discussing the mutual loss, the paper attempts to shed light on the contemporary environmental problems, and to present a comprehensive assessment of Conrad’s works.
Key words: Joseph Conrad; Heart of Darkness; Ecocriticism; Human/Nature Dichotomy


Joseph Conrad; Heart of Darkness; Ecocriticism; Human/Nature Dichotomy


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