The Dark and Light Imagery in "Heart of Darkness" Essay

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In my paper, titled, The Dark and Light, the dark and light imagery in the novella Heart of Darkness, will be described as a demonstration of how much the this imagery is portrayed, and how this it was so significant in the novella. Throughout Heart of Darkness, Conrad uses a plethora of simple colors, objects, and surroundings to convey multilayered images and ideas. These numerous symbols and events in the story have a more in-depth meaning, and are extremely important throughout the story.

Throughout the entire novella, Joseph Conrad uses simple events to describe significant dark and light imagery. As the story begins, a man named Marlow describes his journey into the depths of the African Congo. He is in search of a man name Kurtz
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He illustrates the jungle that he sailed along as, “dark and foreboding” (Conrad 7). Even as the men sail up the ships course on the river, Marlow expresses that they are headed straight into the “heart of darkness”. The ultimate dark Marlow is going to face at this point, is once he is inside the jungle.

The setting is also described by Conrad to his readers in a way of imagery; the light represented civilization as Marlow entered the Congo, and the dark as the uncivilized humans. It could also be described as the good and evil that Marlow viewed. Marlow expresses horror when he witnesses the violent mistreatment of the natives, and he then believes that a kingship exists between black Africans and Europeans, but at the same time he states that this kingship is ugly, horrifying, and wrong.

Another time when Marlow is discussing the despair he views, is when he disembarks at the Company’s station, which is in a terrible state of poor shape. He sees piles of old, decomposing machinery and a cliff being blasted for no obvious reason. He then also sees a group of black men, who are prisoners, walking along in chains and being guarded by the guard of another black man, who wears a different uniform and is carrying a rifle. He states that he already knows the: “devils” of violence, greed, and desire, but that in Africa he became acquainted with the “flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil

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