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October 04, 2006

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Kay L

I agree that Heart of Darkness contains the idea of Existentialism. I don't think it's related to the existentialism, but another point that I found similar to The Stranger is the role of women in the novel. They both depict women as ignorant about the reality.

L Smith

Heart of Darkness is loaded with existentialist concepts. God did not exist here, his morals did not have any meaning. wihtout God, men were forced to create their own framework of morality, where they were seduced to corruption.
The only reality, the only truth there is in the essence of life is subjective consciousness. As our reality is only "a dream-sensation". Marlow realizes that his reality is a horror, that nothing really exists…but at the same time, everything does, especially when he encounters death because everything is connected.

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