Journey to the Heart of Darkness

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Journey to the Heart of Darkness

Marlow first viewed himself as "something like an emissary of light, something like a lower sort of apostle" (10).

Marlow lands.He immediately learns that someone recently committed suicide for some unknown reason. He also comes within sight of a chain gang of unhappy savages. Then he nearly falls into a ravine in the hill. And he looks upon the natives: black shapes, shadows, bones, acute angles, and phantoms... all dying, hardly human.

"The merry dance of death and trade goes on in a still and earthly atmosphere as of an overheated catacomb... streams of death in life... writhe at us in the extremity of an impotent despair... a weary pilgrimage amongst hints for nightmares" (11).

The next moment, he viewed himself as an imposter.

The Congo River, "resembling an immense snake uncoiled" (6), fascinated Marlow and drew him in "as a snake would a bird" (6).

Marlow sees a French ship firing into a continent, pointlessly and fruitlessly.

Africa was, to the boy Marlow, "the biggest, the most blank" (5) space. When he reached adulthood, it changed into "a place of darkness" (5).

Let this flag represent the whole of Europe.

Upon the deal table, Marlow saw a map with the Congo River, which he once again described as "fascinating–deadly–like a snake" (7).




Uneasy.Ominous. Conspiracy. Something not quite right. Troubled. Eerie. Uncanny. Fateful. Morituri te salutant.

On the journey out,people were landed–"flung out" (10), but what became of them was of no particular concern to anyone.

Come and find out...

Immediately after "loitering in the shade" (14), Marlow comes into contact with a "miracle" (15)–the ludicrous accountant.

Then Marlow really immerses himself in the heart of darkness...

"weaning those ignorant millions from their horrid ways" (10).

Marlow embarks on a journey, both external and internal. It is external in that he starts out, travels, and ends up at a destination with a few events happening along the way. It is internal because it expresses a sort of loss of fantasies, ideals, and innocence. What began as a fascination, passion, or curiosity turned into a fog of impenetrable darkness.

Marlow, at first, thinks that his journey would be noble and good. However, he starts feeling discomfited about it as he begins his preparations for it. This agitation continues to grow. It dissipates momentarily, but it returns as he sets out. While on the water, he makes observations of the colossal and threatening air and sea and jungles. He also exhibits an interesting attitude towards death and reality.









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