A Journey into the Soul in Heart of Darkness
A picture is an abstract idea, brought into context to form
something concrete. They are made up and created to give off some sort of
feeling or mood, that one can relate too. The atmosphere helps determine
what kind of mood the picture will take. Any author, of either a painting
or piece of literature will set the mood by using their atmosphere to
enhance the theme of their creation. In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
uses mood and atmosphere to help create a portrait called, the journey into
The journey to the soul is to find one's self. Atmosphere pervades
the mood or spirit. The atmosphere aids in revealing the journey to find
one's soul. The setting, "took in the forest, the creek, the mud, the
river-seemed to beckon with a dishonoring flourish before the sunlit face
of land a treacherous appeal to the lurking death, to the hidden evil, to
the profound darkness of its heart." Conrad 54 Conrad does not even mention
their exact location which is very peculiar. The main river was described
in the form a snake. A snake can be looked at from many points of views,
mythological, biblical, literal and metaphorically. The snake represents
all the twists and turns and being able to find one's inner-self is very
difficult and twisted. The snake represents some of the animal imagery in
the novel. Perhaps this is a sign that the jungle is something living and
not just an ordinary jungle.
Literature's imagery helps to show the main idea th...
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...sh off against the
state of the reader. While reading the novel I was able to reflect on my
own journey to the soul. Any reader can reflect and realize the inevitable.
The journey is not a pleasant one, it is a very difficult task, where evil
lurks in the smallest of places. These places could be anywhere including
the soul and the soul is one of man's most unique qualities. It determines
who we are and how we treat everyone surrounding our presence. In this
universe people live and die but a soul is immortal and will undertake an
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Resources for the Study of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.1998.
Simon & Schuster.Webster's New World Dictionary.Macmillian:New York,1996.
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