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Describe the use of "darkness" both in the books title and as a symbol throughout the text. What does darkness represent/ is the meaning constant or does it change? What is Conrad trying to show us about human nature? Joseph Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness" written in 1902 is an overwhelming chronicle of Marlow's journey into the heart of the African continent. It is one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. In this ghastly and horrific tale, Marlow leads an expedition up the Congo River, only to find everything is not as it seems. This haunting and mysterious story takes him into the unbearable core of the jungle. The novel also explores trade and exploration, imperialism and colonization. The use of darkness means several things in this book. It is used in the title, as "Heart of Darkness" many people doesn't understand the book, or the meaning it brings with it. ...read more.

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First meaning it gave - dark, no light, dull cutoff from the rest of the world, gloomy, sad, sinister, evil secret, night, not knowing. These are all words that could have been used in the book. The jungle could be sinister and evil. I find that the word secret represents what goes on in the jungle very well. It makes you think carefully about what might be in the jungle, the dangers and cautions of the jungle. It also seems very mystical. It shows that maybe the jungle has something to hide that it doesn't want you to know about, it wants to keep it to itself. In the book, as Marlow travels up the Congo River, he himself begins to become sinister and evil, he isn't his usual self. "Ship me somewhere south of Europe, where the best can be the worst, where there aren't no ten commandments, and a man can raise a thirst". ...read more.

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This shows that they have been treated badly and aren't cared for at all. Conrad is trying to teach us, about the civilization and life of other countries and people. The way in which, they prefer to do things. The way the eat, dress, teach, learn, hunt, capture. All the things that we do in everyday life, they do differently. God made us, in a particular way to suit our country, and other people can't just go into a country and change that. The darkness does change it's meaning throughout the book. At the beginning, Conrad talks about the darkness, and gloominess of London, while Marlow is on the Thames in his boat. It eventually changes to the darkness of somebody else, it becomes the darkness and evil of someone coming out into the big wide world. I feel that the darkness in the book, means the darkness in somebody's heart, and you can't change that. Sofia Nisbett 10v Mr Sewell ...read more.

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