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I am now going to talk about: "How Evil is presented in the Novel" in particular I am going to focus on Imagery, Symbolism and finally metaphors.

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I am now going to talk about: "How Evil is presented in the Novel" in particular I am going to focus on Imagery, Symbolism and finally metaphors. Imagery Firstly I will start with the imagery. This in particular is based around whenever there is there is good there is light and whenever there is bad there is dark. Darkness gives the images of: - Dull and, gloomy, it creates a mysterious atmosphere and gives the impression of tension The best example of this is the dark snake Marlow sees on the map, the snake is dark and also represents evil. There is how ever some irony in that the ivory that is white a light colour, brings so much evil. The reason Kurtz has killed is for his greed of the ivory. From the start of the novel there are many signs of what is to come for Marlow the colour of the objects around Marlow can help see what is in store for him later. The images in the final chapter are maybe the most distinguishing of the light and dark. When Marlow arrives at Kurtz he finds black severed heads on the fence posts and a black hole in the roof of Kurtz home. ...read more.


The area either side of the river is also a threat to them "We cleared the snag clumsily. Arrows, by Jove! We were being shot at!" They became targets from the dark camouflaged bushes by the river. The river carries a lot of hidden dark and danger for Marlow and the boat; this also includes the dangers in the river itself such as sand banks and low depths. The river is also very symbolic going down the river is "like traveling back to the earliest beginnings of the world." Marlow's journey is going to be going back in time to the uncivilized world they are not quite sure what they are going to meet while traveling there or when they reach there destination. "The brown current ran swiftly out of darkness, bearing us down towards the sea with twice the speed of our upward progress; ...and Kurtz's life was running swiftly, too, ebbing out of his heart into the sea of inexorable time." The fact that they saw the river running from the darkness symbolizes that again they are heading in to some evil. Conrad uses the imagery of darkness is evil to help create a more suspicious a more tense atmosphere. The river is described as an "Immense snake uncoiled with its head in the sea...P22" by Marlow. ...read more.


The ultimate of the evil in the novel Ivory: - The ivory symbolises the greed of the Europeans. The light is good metaphor is reversed here meaning that the light and supposedly good Europeans are turned over and turn them themselves in to nothing but evil savages just like the natives. Kurtz with all of his heads on sticks is a good example of how they abuse their power. Kurtz's painting - The symbol of the painting at the inner station is of a blindfolded woman with her face distorted carrying a lighted torch. The women possibly symbolises the view of the Europeans from the natives point of view this is the reason her face has become distorted because the natives hate the Europeans very much. The lighted torch could easily represent the values that the light Europeans are trying to force onto the natives. The reason she is blind folded is possibly because of the ways that the Europeans don't see what they are doing to the natives and how they don't like it. This is situated in one of the middle stations possibly showing that the ignorance of the Europeans is the middle or heart of most of the problem with the savages. THANK YOU AND GOODAFTERNOON Heart of Darkness: - Symbolism on Evil ...read more.

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