International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 270

Article in Press

Violence Worship: A Prominent Phenomenon in Heart of Darkness

CAO Changli and ZHANG Shunsheng

  •  Received: 01 April 2021
  •  Accepted: 26 August 2022
Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness holds a unique place in English literature, telling the story of Marlowe as a ferryboat captain who travels to "the darkest of Africa." In-depth reading reveals that there is an obvious element of worship of violence in the novel. This paper is intended to discuss the violence worship in the novel from three aspects: the local Africans’ worship of Kurtz’s violence; Kurtz’ own worship of violence; and the Western capitalist world’s worship of violence as a whole.

Keywords: Heart of Darkness; darkest Africa; violence worship