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제목 Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: A Modernist Bildungsroman
저자 Kim, Sung Ryol77 77집
출처 신영어영문학
논문게재일 2020.11.25
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The aim of this paper is to illuminate Heart of Darkness by examining it as a bildungsroman or entwicklungsroman (a novel of development in which the protagonists childhood has been excised). This focus allows one to appreciate the rich ironic subtexts of Marlows growth psychologically and morally. From the very beginning, Heart of Darkness signals itself as a novel of development, for Marlow claims that his Congo journey has cast a light on everything about him. But this light is ambiguous at best, presaging the complexity of the novel as a modernist bildungsroman. Marlows relation to the African natives is a prime example of his problematic growth. His psychological maturation is, moreover, complicated by his cynicism and irony. But they undergo a partial transformation through his encounter with Kurtz, who functions ironically as a teacher, a typical character in a bildungsroman. From the perspective of this genre, Marlows return to European society and his refusal to enlighten are full of irony, for the novel ends with an alienated hero whose growth or maturity is marked by ambivalence and ambiguity.

 
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