• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe the use of

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Joseph Conrad section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Joseph Conrad essays

  1. Features of Twentieth Century Literature.

    Isolation is an evident theme of 20th century literature. Stephen in" A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man ''is detached from his world. Stephen is an individual who wants to break free from the barriers of nationalism, religion and society.

  2. Discuss The Title Of Conrad's Novel 'Heart Of Darkness'.

    This suggests he is completely oblivious to the horrors around him, meaning he has reached the ultimate point of evil, the heart of darkness. The accountant feels he is disassociating himself from the surroundings as he immerses himself in his work to the point he says, "the groans of this sick person...distracts my attention."

  1. Is The Secret Shareran appropriate title for this short story? Support your ideas with ...

    The Captain is a young man who is full of self-doubt about his abilities to navigate his ship successfully, "The youngest man on board (baring the second mate), and untried as yet by a position of the fullest responsibility..." (Conrad, p.

  2. Is Joseph Conrad a Racist?

    For a "racist, offensive and deplorable" book - as described by Achebe - to recount a historical event such as that of an unfair, brutal dehumanization of a race by another race and by the order of numerous empires, will in no doubt raise froth the question why such impartial emphasis on the portrayal of the offended race?

  1. Comparing "The Darkness Out There" by Penelope Lively, with "The Black Veil" by Charles ...

    Sandra and the Doctor are different in that Sandra judged people by the way they looked and thought of herself as perfect while the Doctor didn't judge but was curious and helped the woman in need of his help. We focus on Sandra and the Doctor because they are the

  2. Good and evil

    In reverse, cold capitalism, allows a man to become free and gain power. Without his contrasts and comparisons, the book becomes propaganda. By addressing the overlap of the pleasant as well as bad aspects of each, Chekhov shows that the human psyche has no clearly definable boundaries, and good as

  1. Joseph Conrad - author review

    Fill you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had once - somewhere - faraway - in another existence perhaps".3 Marlow continues his amusings on the nature of the wilderness. As the river boat goes deeper and deeper into the heart of the continent, he says it goes deeper and deeper into heart of darkness.

  2. The perfection of a short story lies in the symbiosis between content and form. ...

    of treating it like an accessory, she regards it as a companion. This is also reflected in the dialogues she has with the fur. "She could have taken it off and laid it on her lap and stroked it" (331)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work