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

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.

Extracts from this document...


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.

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

    Marlow, meanwhile, is at conflict within himself, half wanting to seek strength in him, stating, "I respected the fellow." The way Marlow stares in awe of the accountant makes him a hypocrite, as earlier he criticised a black man for smartening himself in the presence of Marlow.

  2. How does the preparation for the river journey at the start of Heart of ...

    opinion on Imperialism has been changed to a dark one as Marlow's is, you see this as he says the heart of an immense darkness (page 105) this shows his difference in opinion from the start of the text as he saw the Thames as something light but now he sees it as something dark.

  1. Apocalypse Now Appropriation of Heart of Darkness

    It is these horrifying images of the Vietnam War that Coppola reproduces in 'Apocalypse Now'. Colonialism and Imperialism Heart of Darkness As was established in the previous section, Heart of Darkness exposes the exploitation of African nations by Europeans. Conrad points out the flaws of colonialism including that of the

  2. Conrad's usage of imagery in the "Heart of Darkness"

    There's no initiation either into such mysteries. He has to live in the midst of the incomprehensible, which is detestable. And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. The fascination of the abomination--you know. Imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate"(Conrad 4).

  1. Is Joseph Conrad a Racist?

    time when the black man's credibility and physical nature was at an all time low and believed to be inhumane. " The African is indeed my brother but my junior brother." Albert Schweitzer, a European missionary who sacrificed brilliant careers in both music and theology, made this statement despite being a Christian missionary.

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

    This maybe why the many melodramatic moments in "The Black Veil" were also used in an attempt to keep the readers interest. On the other hand, "The Darkness Out There" is aimed at a younger more modern audience as its text is simple, its sentence structure is less complex and therefore is easier to understand than "The Black Veil's.

  1. Good and evil

    Possessing living souls has corrupted all of you, those who lived before and since...the old bark on the trees glow dimly" (Chekhov 50). This remark of the socialist antagonist shows that even the warmth of the aristocracy has come from suffering.

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

    The author puts special emphasis on the surname of her heroine, although her first name is never mentioned. Already in the title as well as in the first sentence of the story, where the Sunday is described as being "brilliantly fine" (Mansfield 330), the heroine's name is introduced.

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