Unformatted text preview: classic is one of favorite books because it vividly illustrates the great wrongs committed in the Congo by King Leopold II, who personally had sole rights over the Congo. Conrad’s personal experience in the Congo as a steamboat captain for a brief period of time greatly enhances the novel because it adds credibility to the issues discussed. The Heart of Darkness , and other works like it (such as those by William Sheppard) that discusses the cruelty occurring in Congo are important pieces of literature because it helped exposed and put an end to the great crimes of King Leopold II in Congo and to the needless murder of innocent human beings....
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- Spring '08
- Heart of Darkness, Congo Free State, King Leopold's Ghost, Leopold II of Belgium