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Marlow, the narrator, tells of his boyhood yearning to visit the empty places of the world, and goes on to reminisce about his short time as a river-boat captain, on an endless river, in a dark continent, in the service of a European financial power. He never gives a more exact location than this, for the heart of darkness is an imaginative location, a place that may be anywhere, a dark violence that has no boundaries, with a starting point that is as likely to be the City glowing behind the narrator, as anywhere else.

Heart of Darkness can be seen in some angles as an autobiographical novel by Conrad. The party dealing properly with the title begins when Marlow, on board with his friends on the Thames, takes his turn to tell a history to help them shorten mentally their trip.

Marlow grows from a casual critic as the story in which he's implicated begins to an other person for his sound judgment is influenced by the harsh conditions he lived during his trip to rescue Kurtz. He even reaches a point where he loses his philanthropic character by judging severely the people who have not endured what he endured in Africa. Fan of this book? Help us introduce it to others by writing a better introduction for it. It's quick and easy, click here. Conrad purposely creates similarities in the novel, but as to the meaning I am unsure. Why do you think Conrad makes Kurtz's death resemble the conditions of the natives in the grove of death?

Name them and discuss their significance. This is the first of several threads, as well as an opportunity to post questions to others! Hi, please, can anybody help me to analyze this text which comes from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. I need to say what is the content, themes, symbols, atmosphere or other features prominent in this text: Anything approaching the change that came over his features I have never seen before, and hope never to see again.

Oh, I wasn't touched. I was fascinated. It was as though a veil had been rent. I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror--of an intense and hopeless despair. Did he live his life again in every detail of desire, temptation, and surrender during that supreme moment of complete knowledge? The horror! This may mean that it was horrible look.

Also the expressions as "ruthless power and craven terror--of an intense and hopeless despair" give me an unpleasant feeling. Furthermore the last words "the horror" suggest terrible thoughts in th person mind, maybe of his memories. Al those words represent some kind of darkness. The amosphere is not a happy one. The discription of his voice being no ore than a breath suggest that Kurtz is dying.

The narrator seems that he is not a good friend of him as he is "not touched" This is very much about the content but what about the motifs and other featers?

Anybody can help? Many thanks! What is the point of questioning? How true is this statement? Do you agree? Discuss and provide two examples. What are some examples of the darkness of the human soul in 'Heart of Darkness? How are the natives perceived? If you could help me out or at least give any thoughts, that would be so ridiculously amazing, thank you in advance.

The 100 best novels: No 32 – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (1899)

I have a paper due and I am really bad at writing proper thesis statements. My prompt is: Marlow says that he detests lies at one point. Does this implied and elsewhere stated preference for truth hold constant it the novel? What is the "truth" that Marlow discovers, and does Marlow seem to understand his own character in light of that truth, or does he remain confused about his interests and beliefs?.. It would be helpful if anybody is able to help me with this! I understand the spirit of this forum and this is an exclusive literature forum. Literature is a big domain that can contain wide ranges, disciplines, themes.

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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad - Summary & Analysis

I am an avid reader of economic and financial journals, and I saw some of our business tycoons bearing resemblance to Kurtz of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad when they are swayed by the passion for wealth and power. I hope this is not off literary topics and want to hear an analogical comments by the panels here. This discussion will center around Kurtz, the greedy and passion driven fortune pursuer resembling somewhat some of our modern power and pelf mongers. I'm sure you guys are familiar with Apocalypse Now, right? Well did you know the movie is actually heavily based on the novel, Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad?

We had to read that book my high school senior year in English VI, and we were assigned a project based on it. Now, a lot of people went the home movie route with their friends. I made a video game in less than a week with Game Maker, and I had no idea how to use it. I call it "Heart of Darkness: Arrows from Above". Just read the prologue if you're still lost. You can skip the prologue if you want by left-clicking the screen. Here's some basic info about the game in case you're not much of a gamer: 1.

It's a platformer game like Super Mario Brothers 2. To move left and right press the left and right arrow keys 3. To jump press the up arrow key 4. The light grey areas are NOT solid 5. Falling arrows can kill you arrows going up in the background do not kill you 6. You can jump on the thin platforms hanging over the grey areas watch out, the wooden ones break and the grey platforms do not block arrows 7.

Make sure and read what the crewmen have to say. Some have helpful tips If you read the book you might want to burn it because of how hard it was to read the dialect, but you might get a few chuckles out of the game. I think you guys will get most of the references from the book, especially the "pilgrims" and the rivets and yes I know they didn't mean colonial pilgrims. So i've been working on my heart of darkness questions for class and i've having some trouble with these few questions. Any help would be appreciated! What does the frame narrator say distinguishes Marlow from other sailors?

How is this distinction significant with respect to the adventure that Marlow recounts? Describe the exchange between Marlow and his idealistic Aunt. How well does Marlow's self-description as a realist hold up over the course of the story? When Marlow reaches the Company's Outer Station, and offers us some observations about it. What does he say about the reigning "Devil" in this Outer Station?

How Conrad’s imperial horror story Heart of Darkness resonates with our globalised times

How does this "Devil" differ from others with whom he has made acquaintance? He once described himself as being concerned 'with the ideal value of things, events and people'; in the Preface to The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' he defined his task as 'by the power of the written word Either way, his shrouded account of Marlow's journey into the "god-forsaken wilderness" of the Congo demands to be read. At its core lies the enigmatic, awesome Kurtz, and civilisation itself.

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