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

Heart of Darkness 3

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Context: This section is an extract from Part II of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Here, an African helmsman aboard the ship dies in the battle against the natives. Thesis: In this section of the novel, the implications of the natives as being both primitive and intelligent reinforces Marlow's ambiguous attitude towards them. Evidence: * "on the level with my own" o This implies that initially, in terms of physical position, Marlow and the native he has just discovered among the leaves is eye to eye with him. This contrasts sharply against the accepted position of power - in which the colonized is significantly "lower" than the colonizer. ...read more.

Middle

This implies a braveness that is rather uncharacteristic of a colonized person who should in fact be brute and savage. * "A pool of blood lay very still, gleaming dark-red under the wheel; his eyes shone with an amazing lustre." o The visual imagery here is vivid as it reminds the reader that the African helmsman is in fact suffering an immense physical pain to have bled so much. Yet, still, his eyes remain shining. He appears to die a very dignified death, despite being only a native. * "The tumult of angry and warlike yells" o However, again, the natives are again depicted as savage and uncivilized as they scream in such a manner, evoking the reader to perceive them as rather animalistic. ...read more.

Conclusion

* "it looked as though he would presently put to us some question in an understandable language; but he died without uttering a sound, without moving a limb, without twitching a muscle." o This sentence alone showcases two contrasting views of the natives. Firstly, it seems to divulge an understanding of the dying African helmsman on Marlow's part and implies Marlow's anticipation of the African helmsman to communicate his last words to Marlow. However, the helmsman does not speak, reverting to being a native with whom Marlow cannot communicate. Conclusion: Marlow's observations regarding the natives and the African helmsman are, as presented in this passage, contradicting in many cases. His observations are objective; he notes civilized as well as uncivilized characteristics in the natives and the African helmsman that both comply and disagree with the sweeping generalizations prevalent among Europeans of the natives. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. An Analysis of Kurtz's Death Scene in Heart of Darkness

    Kurtz's following is referred to as the party of "unsound method," referring to Kurtz's ruthless methods (stealing, lying, cheating) of obtaining ivory. With this "unforeseen partnership" came nightmares forced upon Marlow in a land invaded by "mean and greedy phantoms," which could refer to the African natives or his own

  2. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    The sense of extreme neglect and minimal love towards Uma is underscored by Desai in her depiction of the settings, Uma's and the bridegroom's household - 'none of them paid her any attention'. 'Uma's unmarried state' is considered 'not only an embarrassment but an obstruction' in her own household.

  1. In what ways do obsessions or fixations affect writers, speakers or characters in Heart ...

    His fixation on obtaining more and more ivory had led him to become a free agent, applying whatever rules he saw fit. The skulls on sticks outside his cabin were an act of complete savagery to both the Africans and the Europeans, but both still respected Kurtz's character and admired his resolve.

  2. Narrative strategies

    Thus, the narrators' direct voices mark the fates of the major characters in both the novels and remind the reader of the dire consequences to come. Another important narrative strategy that both the authors have employed is their strong and rich characterizations.

  1. Characteristics in the Heart of the Matter

    So in order to fulfill her desire and rescue her from this pathetic place, Scobie strikes a deal with Yusuf to raise the money to pay for his wife's passage, which leads to Scobie's corruption after many years of honest service.

  2. Women as figurative images in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    The analysis can be taken further, as the woman can be interpreted as a representation or pars pro toto, a part of the whole, for the African nation. This is suggested through the description of the woman's relation to the African nature such as that "the immense wilderness . .

  1. Vietnamese Poetry and Language

    To�i ru�ng m�nh khi thoa�ng tha�y nh��ng g� co�n so�t la�i cu�a mo�t con ng��i, cu�a mo�t cuo�c ��i, qua �i. Ng��i tr��ng �oa�n o�n to�n: - Ba� cu� co� la�nh kho�ng? Ch� co� ca�i ga�t �a�u la�nh nha�t. - Ba� kho�ng �i ���c a�?

  2. Relationships lie at the heart of good fiction

    Both of them were also known to have many relationships in the lives which contributed to the plotline of the novel and had caused the different points of suspension, tension and anxieties. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Huckleberry Finn's, or Huck's, relationship with Miss Watson's slave, Jim, has changed his life and influence his personality.

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