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Ignacio Macias THE RIVER ?But there was in it one river especially, a mighty river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land. And as I looked at the map of it in a shop-window, it fascinated me as a snake would a bird ? a silly little bird.? The Congo River resembles a snake, one of the most principal symbols of evil and madness in the Bible; for example when Adam and Eve are tempted by the devil, in the form of a snake, to eat the apple. ...read more.


It symbolizes the connection between civilization and the natives, the good colonies and the evil interior. The river is very hard to travel up because of its strong current pushing downstream Marlow?s boat. His trip to the heart of the jungle, to the inner station, is so slow because of the current and thank to this it makes him realize of the horrors and contorting power of dark, dense, wilderness. ?The brown current ran swiftly out of the heart of darkness, bearing us down towards the sea with twice the speed of our upward progress.? The color of the river is also important. The brown current is symbolic of the dark skin of the natives in the Congo. ...read more.


The river reflected this because it also pushed back on Marlow, on his boat, and made progress slow and dangerous with its many traps along the way, such as the fog. While leaving the Congo, the river was much swifter, making the trip much smoother and faster. This is the same for Marlow?s thoughts because he had to overcome the temptation and could leave the Congo knowing that he had just conquered his situation and made the right decision, not like Kurtz. In conclusion, the Congo River is Marlow?s temptation of evil, as the snake is for Adam and Eve. But Marlow is capable to overcome the situation as we can see through the novel, not like Kurtz, who has gone mad. ...read more.

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