He married, had two sons, but lived on a modest budget.
He was a poor, and frequently got into trouble, but kept on writing.
His brush with death opened his eyes, and he then realized that changes needed to be made in his life.
In 1878 he found himself in England, where he spent the next 16 years of his life in the British navy.
The natives are seen as expendable and therefore the quality of life given them is not as important.
Conrad uses the character of Marlow to utilize his own thoughts and perceptions of the people in the Congo.To get a full grasp of the novella, one must first understand the history behind the Congo and its colonization by the Belgians.As a result of ruthless colonial exploitation, involuntary servitude, and direct violence, the native people live in an impoverished state.He always wanted to go to Africa, and was drawn to her like his passion for the sea.His experiences there are what inspired Heart of Darkness (1902), and many people do not realize that he knew the Congo well, and actually spent some time of his life involved in the conflicts of the land.He further studied in Cracow and Switzerland, but his love for the sea beaconed him to explore, sail, and learn a new style of life.In 1874 he took a job on a ship, and thus begun his lifelong fascination for the sea and sea travel.Conrad later returned to England in 1891 and worked as a sailor til 1894.He then retired from sailing and spent the rest of his life writing.One author that finds truth in Conrad's writing is Chinua Achebe and the novel Arrow of God.Not only is the setting similar, Africa, the similarities of how the natives are seen and persecuted by the colonist are unprescidented.