Interaction as a problem and a promise. Depiction and interpretation in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"


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relationships. Here come those human characteristics such as performance, needs and motives,
feelings, will and quirks of character. This meaningful wealth of the concept of personality gives
rise to a number of different approaches to the issue of interaction seen as a promise for the long-
lasting relationships between people ( Nisbett, Richard, Peng, Kaiping,Choi, Incheol, and
Norenzayan, Ara (2001). "Culture and systems of thought: holistic versus analytic cognition").
Nevertheless, the fact that people change their ideas, feelings, and behavior through interaction
with others, the interests and needs of the others should find a place in us, as well. One should not
feel like a free atom in the system of social relationships, to feel engaged. It was then that he felt
the relationship between society and socialization. The latter is strongly outlined in the scene,
when the further upstream Marlow gets, the more intense the sense of impending danger, with
cryptic warnings and a bloody ambush ratcheting up the tension. When Marlow finally reaches
Kurtz's camp, he discovers a scene of unimaginable depravity. The dying Kurtz is taken aboard
the boat (along with a prodigious quantity of ivory), but he does not survive the journey back
downstream. With Marlow present, his chilling last words are "The horror! The horror!"
That last confession dialogue is the most confessing part of the book which occurs when a
person strives to express and share his deepest feelings and experiences. The communication
here is based on a mutual acceptance of the individuals sharing the common values and
meanings. It is a means of self ­ assurance of personality, an expression of the ultimate form of
trust to the listener. Human society is unthinkable without interaction. The reality and necessity
thereof is determined by the joint activities of the people. In order to live, we need to interact
with others. Communication allows us to organize ourselves, to make contacts and to interact in
the context of interpersonal relationships (Ross, L. and Nisbett,R. E. (1991). The Person and
the Situation: Perspectives of Social Psychology. Philadelphia, Temple University Press).

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It is tempting to see Heart of Darkness as a masterfully constructed parable on human nature
(witness Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola's film adaptation, in which the action was
transposed to south-east Asia) but as historian Adam Hochschild has pointed out in King
Leopold's Ghost, about the king's rape of the Congo, Conrad himself was quite clear that it was
based on specific events he had witnessed, saying it was experience... pushed a little (and only
very little) beyond the actual facts of the case. Despite his protestations, this is undeniably an
invaluable historical document offering a glimpse into the horrific human consequences of the
imperial powers' scramble for Africa as much as it is a compelling tale.
The interaction between people is carried out in a social context, such as the subject may be an
individual or a group. Communication of the individual is nothing but an interaction. The
information is transmitted in the behavior between subjects in a communicative act. Human
activity is a process that is constantly evolving. In practice, the entire material world is the result
of interpersonal communications and their exothermic form, as they are the subject of
consideration, of psychology, pedagogy, philosophy, and all social disciplines, having as its
subject the socium and man as a unit of social relations (Ross, L. and Nisbett,R. E. (1991). The
Person and the Situation: Perspectives of Social Psychology. Philadelphia, Temple University
Press).
The interaction strategy and successful form of cooperation between people, through which they
authorize intra-Community conflicts, their exchange conditions, sentiment and values, build
norms and rules of conduct in order to ensure the realization of the objectives set.
That is why it
is not a closed system, and represents a flexible model of models, which are subject to correction,
to be useful to people in their coping with the interaction with the members of the society to
which they belong.
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Title
Interaction as a problem and a promise. Depiction and interpretation in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
College
New Bulgarian University
Grade
5.50
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Year
2017
Pages
5
Catalog Number
V387359
ISBN (eBook)
9783668614147
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714 KB
Language
English
Tags
Conrad, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, interaction
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Silvia Stamenova (Author), 2017, Interaction as a problem and a promise. Depiction and interpretation in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/387359

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