The use of Symbolism in ‘Heart of Darkness’
Thesis Statement: The essay starts by acknowledging the use of symbolism in the ‘Heart of
Darkness’. It introduces the subject by giving a brief outline of the book. It then proceed to show
how symbolism is employed in the book to give dimension to the various themes being presented
in the book.
I. The paper introduces the characters in the paper and the use of symbolism in covering the
main themes of the paper.
II. The significance of ‘light’ and ‘darkness’ in the book is briefly highlighted.
III. The irony of things and people seeming to be good (of the light) being the actual
‘darkness’ that is so easily ascribed to evil in this book.
IV. The capacity of life on the frontiers of human society is demonstrated to have the
capacity to bring out the worst in people. Fear of perishing at the hands of those that
do not subscribe our concept of morality is then mooted as a possible rationale for the
indulgence in darkness/evil to the point of being worse than the real/perceived enemy.
Running Head: THE USE OF SYMBOLISM IN HEART OF DARKNESS
The Use of Symbolism in Heart Of Darkness
THE USE OF SYMBOLISM IN HEART OF DARKNESS
The use of Symbolism in Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness is a novel that is set in London. The narrator is a sailor that
recants his journeys to three men of the time he went on a steam boat up the river Congo. The
protagonist is called Marlow. He interacts with the accountant and the Director of Companies.
The narrator follows the journey of Marlow, who always wanted to go expediting in Africa.
When he (Marlow) learns of a vacancy to pilot a steamboat for an ivory exporting firm, he takes
the journey. Throughout the journey, the book makes rich use of symbolism. The stylistic device
is employed with finesse; sometimes being used in a straightforward means, in others ironically.
This essay further delves into the notion of conquest ‘introducing someone into a darkness’.
Even when the senses of the dark are conceptualized, this essay points out the ways in which the
‘darkness’ presented itself; and how a fear of it drives the themes of the essay.
The use of darkness in the Heart of Darkness has...
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