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The effectiveness of the starting passage for "Heart of Darkness" The Starting passage of Heart of darkness helps to introduce us to the themes that occur within the book. It is also interestingly started by a Narrator and this framing narrative provides a different perspective for the story. The narrator and the crew are unnamed as they are simply identified by there professional positions, "The Accountant" "The Lawyer" and "The director of companies". However the only crew member with a name is Marlow, he is also the only crew member who is described to us physically, "He had sunken cheeks, a yellow complexion, a straight back and an ascetic aspect". ...read more.


The language contained at the start really creates an image of calmness, peace and natural beauty, for example "the water shone pacifically; the sky, without a speck, was a benign immensity of unstained light." However this contrasts with the image of civilisation which seems "angered by the approach of the sun" and "condensed into a mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest and greatest town on earth". This is one of the main themes of the novel, that "civilisation" corrupts and taints everything and brings darkness, war and madness. In the text it's almost as if we kill the sun, "Stricken to death by the touch of that gloom brooding over a crowd of men." ...read more.


the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire" However this introduces more themes to us, one about the mainstream belief in the Empire and Imperialism. Yet is also tells us about human nature, that it doesn't change people will always be tempted by greed and that we are "hunters for gold or pursuers of fame ...... bearing the sword" The introduction to Heart of darkness is effective as it subtly acquaints us to the main themes that occur within the novel, even that Marlow followed the "dreams of men" "into the mystery of an unknown earth" and many others which occur later in the book, about imperialism, and the heart of darkness - civilisation. ?? ?? ?? ?? William Nicholls ...read more.

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