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Heart of Darkness Plot Summary

Plot Summary of Heart of Darkness
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"The Horror,
The Horror!" by The Heart of Darkness Group A Plot Summary for Joseph Conrad's
Heart of Darkness PART TWO PART TWO follows Marlow,
an imperial idealist, Heart of Darkness who seeks adventure on a riverboat into the heart of the congo, The tale begins, narrated by
an anonymous man sailing on London's River Thames with four companions: the Director of Companies, the Accountant, our Narrator and Marlow Tales of the unknown inspire Marlow to recall his time as a "freshwater captain" in the Congo to his fellow passengers, when he sought to discover the "white spots" of the world. The tale begins with Marlow leaving his native Britain to the Belgian Congo via The Company The tale begins with Marlow leaving his native Britain to the Belgian Congo via The Company PART ONE PART ONE THE DARKENING THE DARKENING DISCUSSION PANEL FOR THE PURPOSE OF FIGURING OUT WHERE WE'RE GOING, WHAT NEEDS TO BE MENTIONED, ETC PART I: THE DARKENING PART II: DARK IN THE JUNGLE PART III: THE DARKNESS ND- I still think it'd be good to put all of each part on one big image per part. Also, we need some kind of "character sheet" so all the character information per part is in one place, or some kind of "character format" that we use to discuss characterization and new characters. Kurtz Kurtz is introduced as being a reclusive business genius and generally miraculous person
Marlow seems fascinated by him. Kurtz Kurtz is introduced as being "..." in the first part of the book. Marlow seems fascinated by him.
In the second part of the book, it is revealed that Kurtz is power-hungry and ruthless and kind of a racist Part 2 Part 1 Kurtz Kurtz is introduced as being "..." in the first part of the book. Marlow seems fascinated by him.
In the second part of the book, it is revealed that Kurtz is "..." and "..."
In the third part of the book, we finally see Kurtz as hollow and depraved, he dies, realizing the futility of his life Part 3 these could be used for introductions and then returned to for a recap at the end of each segment (the 3 images represent progression through the parts, we add more to the character bubble in each part) yes/no? I just want to combine-ize everything so it seems like we're "organized"; uniform templates for discussing characterization and other things make it look coherent but gimme some feedback What the hell is going on what are these words? this is the brainstorming part of the prezi for figuring out our organizational patterns and so forth
the stuff above is me wanting to use a template for discussing characters in each part & wondering what you all think what is the meaning of life? Alcohol TOUCHDOWN! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO alright brainstorm major plot points alright brainstorm major plot points alright brainstorm major plot points introduction of the boat characters, introduction of the fact that Marlow begins telling the story how marlow gets involved with the company we could put that in the slides before PART ONE good idea introduction of the state of imperialism at the time meeting kurtz, capturing kurtz, Marlow dealing with his intended, his african mistress ADDRESS THESE LINKS FOR PLOT SUMMARIES http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/heart/summary.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Darkness#Plot_summary
http://www.litcharts.com/lit/heartofdarkness/plotsummary
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0751487/ Marlow's trip to Kurtz's station, cannibal attack LORD Inspired by his curiosityand the prominent myth of British colonial benevolence, Marlow's quest is more ideological than economic. Inspired by his curiosity and the prominent myth of British colonial benevolence, Marlow's quest is more ideological than economic. RULER OF THE ABYSS HAIL THE KRAZY KURTZ KONNECTION 'Heart of Darkness' is a product of the Second Imperial Era Mid-19th Century-Early 20th Century 'Heart of Darkness' is a product of the Second Imperial Era Written in the 1890s, Written in the 1890s, While ultimately still motivated by greed, conquerors
were infatuated with the concept of 'civilizing'
their subjects, built in the 'science' of Social Darwinism Mid-19th Century-Early 20th Century While ultimately still motivated by greed, conquerors
were infatuated with the concept of 'civilizing'
their subjects, built in the 'science' of Social Darwinism While ultimately still motivated by greed, conquerors
were infatuated with the concept of 'civilizing'
their subjects, built in the 'science' of Social Darwinism Marlow's dedication to this
concept motivates him to
seek adventure in the 'darkness' Marlow's desire to venture into the 'darkness' is marred by ignorance, however, to the true nature of life in the Belgian Congo Europe, 1890 Europe, 1890 The Company is a trading firm focused on obtaining ivory from the Congo.

Marlow uses his Aunt's connections to join The Company.

He is to be a replacement for a recently deceased steamboat captain. The Company is a trading firm focused on obtaining ivory from the Congo.

Marlow uses his Aunt's connections to join The Company.

He is to be a replacement for a recently deceased steamboat captai Marlow is sent off to the Congo, on the African coast. While there, he is fascinated by both the raw power of the natives as well as their brutal treatment. Marlow is sent off to the Congo, on the African coast. While there, he is fascinated by both the raw power of the natives as well as their brutal treatment. At the station, he hears rumor of
a mysterious man named Kurtz, who is extremely charismatic and obtains more ivory than any other official. At the same time, a shed burns down
and several other delays occur. Marlow
has a suspicion that Kurtz is behind all this, hearing the words "take advantage of this unfortunate accident" out of context. Marlow is also turned off by the current
managers of the station, who he sees as sleazy and insincere. He prefers Kurtz to both of them, as he at least cares about his work. At the station, he hears rumor of
a mysterious man named Kurtz, who is extremely charismatic and obtains more ivory than any other official. DARK IN
THE JUNGLE Marlow overhears the manager and his
uncle plotting against Kurtz. They think he is too influential and that he is stealing ivory.

The manager says not to worry, but to instead trust "this", as he gestures towards the jungle, to eliminate Kurtz. DARK IN As he leaves for Kurtz's station, Marlow learns that the Uncle's expedition has been killed, presumably by "this".

Marlow is also unnerved by the terrifying surroundings and the cannibals aboard the ship. He starts to slip away from reality, remarking that everything feels unreal and dreamlike.

Marlow's obsession with Kurtz deepens and he begins to identify with the carefree native Africans on shore. Marlow overhears the manager and his
uncle plotting against Kurtz. They think he is too influential and that he is stealing ivory.

The manager says not to worry, but to instead trust "this", as he gestures towards the jungle, to eliminate Kurtz. At the same time, a shed burns down
and several other delays occur. Marlow
has a suspicion that Kurtz is behind all this, hearing the words "take advantage of this unfortunate accident" out of context. Marlow is also turned off by the current
managers of the station, who he sees as sleazy and insincere. He prefers Kurtz to both of them, as he at least cares about his work. Before they arrive, the ship is ominously warned to turn back, but presses on regardless. As a result, the ship is attacked by the natives, and the cannibal helmsman is killed in the process.

As he watches the helmsman die at his feet, Marlow feels real empathy for the cannibal, despite not really knowing or liking him, as a result of the work they did together. As he leaves for Kurtz's station, Marlow learns that the Uncle's expedition has been killed, presumably by "this".

Marlow is also unnerved by the terrifying surroundings and the cannibals aboard the ship. He starts to slip away from reality, remarking that everything feels unreal and dreamlike.

Marlow's obsession with Kurtz deepens and he begins to identify with the carefree native Africans on shore. Before they arrive, the ship is ominously warned to turn back, but presses on regardless. As a result, the ship is attacked by the natives, and the cannibal helmsman is killed in the process.

As he watches the helmsman die at his feet, Marlow feels real empathy for the cannibal, despite not really knowing or liking him, as a result of the work they did together. THE JUNGLE Q Kurtz has written eloquently, in a report for the "International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs", expressing the view that white men
should convince the natives that they are gods, so that
they can have more power over them. Kurtz has written eloquently, in a report for the "International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs", expressing the view that white men
should convince the natives that they are gods, so that
they can have more power over them. Marlow finds a Russian explorer, Kurtz's disciple. The Russian is utterly devoted to Kurtz, even though Kurtz has threatened to kill him in the past. Marlow learns from him how Kurtz has been leading the natives as a kind of deity, explaining why the natives attacked his ship:

They don't want Kurtz to leave. Marlow finds a Russian explorer, Kurtz's disciple. The Russian is utterly devoted to Kurtz, even though Kurtz has threatened to kill him in the past. Marlow learns from him how Kurtz has been leading the natives as a kind of deity, explaining why the natives attacked his ship:

They don't want Kurtz to leave. Marlow learns more about Kurtz: He tends to
wander along among the Africans, usually only
opening up to the Russian. He is also quite
obsessed with ivory and he uses the natives to
steal it for him. Marlow learns more about Kurtz: He tends to
wander along among the Africans, usually only
opening up to the Russian. He is also quite
obsessed with ivory and he uses the natives to
steal it for him. The Russian justifies this by saying that the skulls were the heads of rebels. Marlow recalls several past situations where violence against the natives was justified as the victims being enemies, savages, criminals, and so on, and notes that they had done nothing to merit such a title.

Imperial abuses against the natives seem to be rampant. Finally, we see the real-life Kurtz. Kurtz is grossly old, thin and sick like a
ghost. The only powerful thing about him
is his voice. A group of native Africans gathers
outside, with Kurtz's strikingly beautiful
African mistress. The Russian is disturbed
by her, feeling that he is too close to Kurtz. The next day they all leave
aboard the steamer. Kurtz begins
to fall apart physically.

He has bizarre mood swings and
begins to lose his sight. As he dies, a look of intense
despair falls over his face. He mutters
his last words: THE HORROR
THE HORROR Marlow figures that
Kurtz realized the horror
of human nature, why the
imperial congo is a mess of
self-serving narcissists. Everyone is shocked at Kurtz's
death but Marlow refuses to show
any emotion. This almost causes his
crew to mutiny but they hold off.

When he returns to England, Marlow finds
that he can't relate to normal people anymore. He finds them petty and irritating. Marlow decides to take
Kurtz's papers to his "Intended."

She is beautiful but naive, clearly
having no idea who Kurtz really was. the truth. He claims it would have been too dark to tell her the truth. this is weird, and it shouldn't be here PART 3 THE FINAL HEARTNESS
OF DARKITUDE THE FINAL HEARTNESS
OF DARKITUDE Marlow also notices many heads of dead Africans on stakes surrounding Kurtz's house. The heads are facing in. Marlow believes that Kurtz "lacks restraint." Marlow also notices many heads of dead Africans on stakes surrounding Kurtz's house. The heads are facing in. Marlow believes that Kurtz "lacks restraint." Marlow is disgusted when he also learns that the natives have offered human sacrifices, presumably cannibalistic sacrifices to Kurtz. Marlow's image of Kurtz darkens and he begins to think of him more as a ruthless, if charismatic, savage with a "hollow core." The Russian justifies this by saying that the skulls were the heads of rebels. Marlow recalls several past situations where violence against the natives was justified as the victims being enemies, savages, criminals, and so on, and notes that they had done nothing to merit such a title.

Imperial abuses against the natives seem to be rampant. Marlow is disgusted when he also learns that the natives have offered human sacrifices, presumably cannibalistic sacrifices to Kurtz. Marlow's image of Kurtz darkens and he begins to think of him more as a ruthless, if charismatic, savage with a "hollow core." When she asks what Kurtz's last words were, Marlow lies and tells her that they were her name. Marlow decides to take
Kurtz's papers to his "Intended."

She is beautiful but naive, clearly
having no idea who Kurtz really was. When she asks what Kurtz's last words were, Marlow lies and tells her that they were her name. Finally, we see the real-life Kurtz. Kurtz is grossly old, thin and sick like a
ghost. The only powerful thing about him
is his voice. A group of native Africans gathers
outside, with Kurtz's strikingly beautiful
African mistress. The Russian is disturbed
by her, feeling that he is too close to Kurtz. Kurtz argues with the manager and
the manager loses. He tells Marlow that
Kurtz is a threat because Kurtz's method
of ivory collection is unsound, and wants to use Kurtz as a scapegoat for the failings of imperialism. Kurtz argues with the manager and
the manager loses. He tells Marlow that
Kurtz is a threat because Kurtz's method
of ivory collection is unsound, and wants to use Kurtz as a scapegoat for the failings of imperialism. The next day they all leave
aboard the steamer. Kurtz begins
to fall apart physically.

He has bizarre mood swings and
begins to lose his sight. As he dies, a look of intense
despair falls over his face. He mutters
his last words: THE HORROR
THE HORROR Marlow figures that
Kurtz realized the horror
of human nature, why the
imperial congo is a mess of
self-serving narcissists. Everyone is shocked at Kurtz's
death but Marlow refuses to show
any emotion. This almost causes his
crew to mutiny but they hold off.

When he returns to England, Marlow finds
that he can't relate to normal people anymore. He finds them petty and irritating. HAIL LORD PREZI
THE KING IN YELLOW HAIL LORD PREZI
THE KING IN YELLOW HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED He wants to remove Kurtz from the interior.
Marlow, despite his misgivings, continues to
defend Kurtz and ends up alienating the manager. The Russian is scared of the manager's threats and he leaves, telling Marlow that Kurtz ordered the cannibal attack. He wants to remove Kurtz from the interior.
Marlow, despite his misgivings, continues to
defend Kurtz and ends up alienating the manager. The Russian is scared of the manager's threats and he leaves, telling Marlow that Kurtz ordered the cannibal attack. The Horror, The Horror
An Inquiry into Heart of Darkness The Horror, The Horror
An Inquiry into Heart of Darkness The Horror, The Horror
An Inquiry into Heart of Darkness By The Heart of Darkness Group
Featuring
Matt Koester
Nicholas De Chiara
Mike Reynolds
Marlee George
and
Guest starring Cameron Rosenthal By The Heart of Darkness Group
Featuring
Matt Koester
Nicholas De Chiara
Mike Reynolds
Marlee George
and
Guest starring Cameron Rosenthal By The Heart of Darkness Group
Featuring
Matt Koester
Nicholas De Chiara
Mike Reynolds
Marlee George
and
Guest starring Cameron Rosenthal
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