Heart of Darkness Essay

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When considering a work of literature, the title can be just as

important as the context of the story. Literary devices such as contrast and

repetition help develop the symbolism of Joseph Conrad's novel, Heart of

Darkness. The use of contrast can be seen within the differences between the

black and white people along with the differences between the civilized and

uncivilized. The phrase "Heart of Darkness" itself is repetitious to describe

certain places, events, and people. Joseph Conrad successfully relates his

title to the African continent, the people, how the people were treated, and

the soul of Kurtz.

The title can relate to the wilderness in the center of Africa where

Marlow is headed. In the story, the commander sees England as many men

viewed Africa. It is a "sea the colour of lead" and "sky the color of smoke"

which conveys the place as dark and gloomy. Furthermore, Englishmen

wanted to colonize Africa and they were willing to sacrifice their lives for the

journey. Marlow shows that wilderness really isn't a place for men to be.

The sheer size of "darkness" makes the people powerless, despite the fact

that they feel that they can make improvements in Africa. Through it all, the

darkness provides many challenges for the civilizers and as a result, their

conditions become worse, causing them to achieve very little. Wilderness is

a very significant symbol becau...
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