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  1. Introduction
  2. A physical description in Heart of Darkness
  3. Marlow's anxious attitude
  4. Marlow's intensified hatred for colonialism
  5. Marlow's gloomy mind
  6. Marlow's interpretation of reality
  7. Conclusion
  8. Works cited

In the world of postmodernism, absolute truths such as grand theories and master narratives are non-existent (Irvine 03). Rather, the emphasis in postmodern literature is on the ?spectacle of the brain and its workings? (Baudrillard 01), where reality is shaped indefinitely by the changing perspective of one's mind.

[...] His pessimistic feelings can be illustrated through his encounter with the fire in the grass shed, (Conrad 37) where Marlow ?thought the earth had opened to let an avenging fire consumed all that thrash? (Conrad 37) and his pessimistic feelings are portrayed when he believed that the efforts of putting out the fire was ?hopeless from the very first.? (Conrad 38) As demonstrated through his encounter with various events on the grass, Marlow's interpretation of reality has shifted from a hopeful outlook into a pessimistic perspective of imperialism. [...]

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