I found this interesting book review of "Heart of Darkness" that examines the novella as one inspired by guilt. Tim Butcher, the author of the article, states that although many have different opinions about Conrad's stance on colonialism and his tone, he believes Conrad wrote "Heart of Darkness" principally out of guilt. Like we read about in the article Mrs. Quinet posted last week, Butcher describes the persecution of prisoners, whose hands were cut off when they misbehaved to set an example. The author contends that Conrad was scarred by these experiences and wrote "Heart of Darkness" to purge himself of shame and ponder how humans could be so cruel towards one another. What do you all think about this argument?