This story is consumed in darkness. The theme of suffering is shown through the images of light and darkness. All that the young students know is darkness. In the example, the narrator is talking about the students popping needles with heroin, and how this is the way they cope with the darkness in their lives. When the narrators mother passes away, he talks of her younger years, and the Sunday dinner gatherings.
The content in the story pointed out the conventional boundaries that were expected of the colonists but broken during the colonization. Colonizers such as Marlow and Kurtz would not have acted the way they did during their voyage, nor treat individuals in their society like they treated the native Africans. The novella showed dehumanization, imperialism, and madness among the characters. Although Heart of Darkness is still prevalent in literature, individuals would not act this way and perceive the character’s behavior as normal. In fact, it’d be perceived as beyond the
The Conflict of Dark versus Light Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. In literature, conflicts can be a turning point in a story that drives the plot forward. Dark versus Light is a conflict that Tolkien uses in the story. This conflict describes the motifs of light referring to good and dark referring to evil. One example of Dark is when, the dwarfs’ mood was dark because they were singing about getting money on their adventure.
The darkness is said to be full of savages and cannibals it is further emphasized as being the uncivilized part of the world where people eat people and the savages wait in the trees and in the darkness. Africa in this novella is portrayed as “the Heart of Darkness” the place where the men’s inner evil is exposed, this is done through their thoughts and actions. The contrast between the Thames River and the Congo River is also made evident in the novella. The Thames River is described as calm and peaceful. It is viewed as a city of light that is not mysterious.
They were incredibly confused, although intrested. All of the sudden, “in ones and twos men got out of their cars” (pg 202). In this case, the symbol of darkness was representing an unknown situation. By using this Lee was able to reach a goal to get readers predicting. One reading the book does not know what is happening.
The objects and descriptions within the narrative are the author’s tools for displaying the values and themes of the work. However, as the author progresses deeper through his journey into the Inner Station, light and darkness symbols are inspire with special meanings which are contradictory to what they usually mean to readers. This study, focuses on analyzing the light symbols through the Whited Sepulchre, London Civility, Thames River and... so on. In the other side it focuses on darkness symbols through the African jungle, Congo River, fog and... so on. In this story, a sepulchre suggests death and confinement.
Heart of Darkness is a novella about colonialism, about darkness and light, and about the modifications that arise inside one person while being away from its traditional society. The colonizers were expected to treat the Africans as slaves, to live among them, to make from the massive, dark forest their home. It altered one’s way of being by treating the other with such contempt and even the darkness of forest strikes against the colonizer’s honorable intentions and personality traits by turning the white men into savages. This novella unlike the others of its time stresses about the altered ego instead of the changes happened in the colonized territory. As the novella is based on contrasts, the two characters are also desplayed on the one hand, having distinctions and on the other hand, being similar.
By keeping these heads around the building, it serves as a remainder for those who might think of disobeying his orders. Kurtz seems to surrender to his dark side. According to Albert guerard: Heart of Darkness isn’t really about Africa, it’s a metaphor for a psychological exploration to the heart of human nature and the animal selves that lurk beneath our civilized veneers. The true darkness is the beast within, and the ease with which we may backslide when external constrictions are removed. (qtd in