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 Heart of Darkness Writing Assignment You should have Heart of Darkness read by Tuesday, March 8. Please come to class with two pages, typed, double-spaced on one of the following topics. Try to be as specific as you can. You will share your writing in a small group for discussion before an all class discussion during the last part of the class period. Topic A. This story makes a rich use of symbolism. Probably the most significant is that of "light" and/or darkness." Usually, the difference is that light is a symbol of goodness, innocence, and knowledge, and dark is a symbol of badness, evil, and death. Explore how Conrad uses dark and light by considering the following:  What ways are these concepts are deployed ironically: instances in which, for example, “flashes of light” are actually (in some sense) “dark.”  Identify moments in which the concept of “introducing someone to [or into]” a darkness is invoked. If the same notion is applied in several situations, one effect is to prompt the reader to consider each of these situations in the light of the other. Does it happen that doing this causes us to understand one or more of these situations in a new way?  And what are the senses of "dark" that are being conjured within a given case: evil? ignorance? the undeclared? [more than one of these?]. In each case where you see one of these implications at work, it would be essential to say something about the specific ways in which it applies. (What does the evil in question [etc.] consist in").  A different idea you could make the subject of your analysis might be the notion of "the darkness" as paradoxically threatening and inviting. Think Cohen’s Theses 5—The monster polices the border of possible and 6— Fear of the monster is also a kind of desire. Topic B. The story is constructed around series of foils. What do you turn up if you pursue the following agenda of curiosity? How are the "harlequin" and the manager (from the Central Station) differentiated from each other? What do they have in common? How do they function to highlight important defining qualities of Kurtz? How is Kurtz used, by comparison and contrast, to define Marlow? Do they help the reader to identify who is the hero and who is the monster? Have the harlequin and the manager crossed that “line in the sand” referred to in Cohen’s Thesis 5? Topic C. What is the role. in Marlow's mentality, of women, in civilized society? At the time Conrad is writing, women are considered to be “outsiders”, “others”, and therefore, “monstrous.” What might seem to make women seem monstrous? Which of Cohen’s 7 Theses would apply and why? Among the questions it would make sense to take up are the following: How do Marlow's views about women's natures and roles show up in the contrast between the situation in which he tells the story we eventually read and the situation in which, he tells his hearers, he completely misrepresented it? Is Marlow's conduct with Kurtz's "Intended" (and with his aunt) an instance of proper moral restraint? Or are we expected to see it as an instance of failure of moral restraint? Is it an instance of moral respect for the other (the "Intended")? Or is it a symptom of limits on moral respect for that other? Are some lies genuinely morally necessary? Are we meant (by Conrad) to see his lie to the “Intended” as one? ...
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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.


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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