Heart of Darkness
Joseph Conrad explores the depths of the heart of man, as the main character, Marlow, relates his story of exploring the heart of Africa during the peak of Belgian Imperialism. In the story there is a man named Kurtz who has gone into Africa with the best intentions of society, to reform the natives living deep within the heart of Africa. Kurtz goes into Africa resolved to, as Kipling puts it, "take up the white mans burden." Kurtz out in the wilderness believes that once we are freed from the accountability of society, we let ourselves dissolve to our most vile form and we use whatever tool we have with the belief that there will be no consequences. A fascinating and thoughful book that I had to study in school because it related to the atrocities done by the Belgians while in the Congo.