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

English Commentary Intro (context/ thesis): - this passage is taken from the end portion of part one of Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness - in it, Marlow anticipates the arrival of the rivets, but instead the Eldorado Explorers who are intent on

Extracts from this document...


Intro (context/ thesis): - this passage is taken from the end portion of part one of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" - in it, Marlow anticipates the arrival of the rivets, but instead the Eldorado Explorers who are intent on exploiting the land, appear - through the use of absurdity, modifiers, extensive imagery, and juxtaposition, nature and the serene land is contrasted with the disordered, chaotic environment created by the colonizers - this portrays to the readers the negative impact which the colonizer have towards the land Absurdity: -occurs pertaining to the colonizers to emphasize the disordered atmosphere they create - "i put a finger...tried a jig" portrays a sense of disruption due to the loss of seriousness in the situation where Marlow is still ...read more.


- "dark figure", "obscured" depicts a sense of unclarity, and disorder once again - "invasion", quarrelsome", "footsore" further supports the idea of disruption "reckless", "greed", "cruel" portray their heartless actions, they simply "tear the treasure out of the bowels of the land"; have no sympathy, or guilt for their actions it seems: "no moral purpose" and they contribute to disorder within the land To describe nature: - "virgin forest" (young, gives the land a sense of innocence) - "silence", motionless, soundless life creates a calming serene tone - "exuberant" -nature depicted through a positive outlook Nature Imagery: - disruption of the forest in the presence of colonizers is shown through the auditory imagery of the "thundering roll" which echoes through the forest - "a rolling wave ...read more.


although there is slight disorder present in nature as well, it is one which is reversible, in other words, can be untangled - "inextricable" which contradicts "entangled" (used to describe nature) and it may imply that the impacts of the colonizers creates disorder, and a chaotic environment which is however irreversible - juxtaposition on "rioting invasion of soundless life" as rioting is contrasted with soundless and this contrasts the actual rioting and chaotic invasions which occur between the colonizers to the soundless, peaceful invasion of nature Conclusion: -this passage gives readers the distinction between the tranquil nature of the untouched land, with the hectic, disorderly environment enveloping the colonizers - as a result it reflects a mood of wonder and awe towards the land, juxtaposed with disgust and negativity towards the injustice of colonialization ...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 World Literature 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 World Literature essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Portrayal of colonisers and the colonised in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness

    3 star(s)

    Here the doctor is warning Marlowe about the dangerous life out there and if he is going to have any chance of survival he better keep calm. Another interesting thing to notice is the native's reactions when they had killed the Danish man.

  2. Commentary on a passage taken from "The Blindfolded Horse"

    inside the narrator's mind and understand the differences between his ideas and thoughts when he was a child and when he grows up. The language and structure used which involve several literary elements such as imagery, symbolism and diction help in contrasting between moments of illusionary hope and moments of harsh reality.

  1. Persuasive essay on Racism in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness

    Conrad describes the natives as not even being human, but also he describes the main character Marlow's fascination with the natives, and how Marlow finds these people quite interesting. Marlow's fascination with the natives, Conrad's viewpoint of the natives, and Achebe's argument against Conrad's viewpoint of the natives all give the reader one common issue.

  2. "Heart of Darkness" commentary. This extract belongs to part 3 of the book, ...

    He is described as being "leaned back", "serene" and having a "peculiar smile" that seems to hide the "unexpressed depths of his meanness". The manager is content knowing that Kurtz is dying because Kurtz has always been his rival, yet he does not reveal his emotion explicitly but instead hiding it under a layer of serenity.

  1. Commentary on a passage taken from Laurence Fearnleys "Edwin and Mathilda"

    This clash between Edwin's appearance and the reality of his thoughts and actions continues as Edwin hides his frustration and distress and acts completely normal when he talks to Frances which is indirectly shown through the sentence structure. Edwin uses complete and clear sentences when he talks to Frances, whereas

  2. Comparative Essay Heart of Darkness vs Apocalyspe Now

    The other exception is Captain Willard himself, a decision made to parallel how Marlow in Heart of Darkness was also able to survive why staying morally good, because they are the protagonists, the romantic hero. There are almost no scenes in the movie which depict American soldiers dying - which

  1. Reflections on "Miss Julie" in a cultural context

    The gender difference is also one of the important issues in this play. It was unacceptable for a young girl from a high status family to let herself be seduced by a servant. And that is where Jean gets the power over Miss Julie.

  2. Commentary on "Arrival of the bee box" by Sylvia Plath.

    She again illustrates her power over the box, as she says that they "can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner." This directly contrasts her earlier feelings where she feels overwhelmed by the chatter in the box.

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