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Heart of Darkness

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by Amber Haake on 20 April 2013

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Transcript of Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad Summery Point of View Theme:Darkness Quote 1 "The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails, and was at rest. The flood had made, the wind was nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide..." Darkness is woven deeply throughout the book. The title is even tied to the concept of darkness. Throughout the book the setting is eerie and dark even if the sun is shining. The darkness is symbolism for many of the book's concepts and events including slavery, greed, betrayal, and fear. "It had ceased to be a blank space of delightful mystery-a white patch for a boy to dream gloriously over. It had become a place of darkness."(Pg.10) Marlow says this after explaining about how when he was a lil boy he would dream of traveling to the unknown and how those boyish dreams turned dark with reality. Heart of Darkness The narrator (Marlow) speaks with first-person point of view, on behalf of four other passengers who listen to Marlow’s tale. Marlow narrates his story in the first person, describing only what he witnessed and experienced, and providing his own commentary on the story. Heart of Darkness is about the tales Marlow, the main character, tells to his shipmates as they cruise down the river. Marlow recalls his former adventures in foreign and savage lands that he has come upon when sailing to meet Krutz(The chief of the Inner Station). He comes in contact with the black market for ivory and slavery, among with other dangerous encounters. "An eerie feeling came over me. She seemed uncanny and fateful. Often far away there I thought of these two, guarding the door of darkness."(Pg.16) Marlow is explaining his visit to the doctor and to complete his paperwork so he can sail. Quote 2 Theme:Imagery Imagery is consistent throughout the book, enhancing the book significantly. Quote 1 "The chapman lighthouse, a three-legged thing erect on a mud flat, shone strongly." (Pg.4) Quote 2 "In the immutability of their surroundings the foreign shores, the foreign faces, the changing immensity of life, glide past, veiled not by a sense of mystery but by a slightly disdainful ignorance..."(Pg.5) Quote 3 "A narrow and deserted street deserted in deep shadow, high houses, innumerable windows with venetian blinds, a dead silence, grass sprouting between the stones, imposing carriage archways right and left, immense double doors standing ponderously ajar." (Pg.14) THE END
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