Heart Of Darkness Fog

analytical Essay
949 words
949 words

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, a sailor named Marlow explains a voyage he took up the Congo river and his fateful encounter with an ivory trader named Mr. Kurtz to four others. The story itself takes place in the late 1890s during a period of great turmoil between white people and those of color in both London and the Congo river; however, it also shows the turmoil and struggles that Marlow himself faces as well. As he explains his journey to find and meet Mr. Kurtz objects always pop up, hindering his expedition and making an already tiring experience even more troublesome. Although Marlow’s trip incessantly slows down due to various elements of setting, he continues to press onward towards the future that he desires; human beings also experience such difficulties and roadblocks that they must choose to either face …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how a sailor named marlow explains his voyage up the congo river and his fateful encounter with an ivory trader named mr. kurtz.
  • Analyzes how the congo river presented itself as a hostile thing in an unknown region, pushing marlow from his final destination of mr. kurtz.
  • Analyzes how marlow used a mangled steamboat to travel along the river, and how he learned to use it to his advantage.
  • Analyzes how marlow tamed and learned to deal with the setting of the river and the steamboat. the fog caused doubts for both him and those around him on his steamship.
  • Analyzes how marlow's expedition into the congo is greatly influenced by the setting around him. he chose to take positive actions rather than succumb to the forces about him and continue onward towards mr. kurtz.

The “blind whiteness of the fog” caused many doubts for both Marlow and those around him on his steamship (Conrad 63). It added another element of uncertainty and danger as to their exact direction and whether they would hit the rocky bank and sink or not. Some even began to lose hope, claiming that they would “all be butchered in [the] fog” (Conrad 59). Marlow, on the other hand, did not lose faith. Although he could not see in front of him, that did not mean nothing existed. Just like he would be unable to see his hand if he held it before his face, he could not see Kurtz, but he knew that both his hand and Mr. Kurtz were there. The idea of “getting lost in [fog]” frightens many, but rather than senseless worrying, Marlow had faith that they would prevail (Conrad 64). The setting of fog enveloping him did not cause him to waver, and he ventured onwards towards Mr. Kurtz. Human beings must also not blind themselves with such things and continue onward rather than worry about meaninglessness that will not

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