reoccuring Motifs in Heart of Darkness

character thought to be at the pinnacle of cultivation and etiquette either dies or becomes corrupted by his surroundings (Kurtz, Fresleven). The grass represents life, and of course, the skeleton represents death. The Africans tasks included electrocution Type of Death carrying supplies from the Company's Outer Station to its Middle Station over a 200-mile overland route. Instead, all the horrors perpetrated by European traders and agents typified by Kurtz force him to look into his own soul and find what darkness lies there. From the start of Marlow's tale there are a myriad/countless of symbols relating to the unchartered places of the subconscious, and the journey intended to discover them. As Marlow is inquiring about. When Kurtz himself is lying on his deathbed, he sees into his own heart, looks his personal hell in full view, and utters things which give Marlow a grim revelation as to what lies within that black abyss. As they progress deeper into the heart of the forest, we can take note that black people are dehumanized. When traveling upriver towards the inner station in a company of 5 Europeans and 30 Cannibalistic Africans, the Europeans dined. He travels to the Outer Station, where he must remain, as the boat he needs is literally under water.

Regardless of the respect and admiration showered upon him by his peers, not to mention the jealousy, he was at heart a hollow man, consumed by his greed for ivory. However, it is these "savages" who survive and thrive in the heart of darkness, and whose ways eventually engulf Kurtz. He notices that the river resembled a snake, and that it was "fascinating." For some odd reason, this long, sinuous river tempted him, despite its reptilian connotations, which already alerts the reader to danger ahead. In more recent years, however, symbolism has taken on a new role, forming the skeleton upon which the storyteller builds the tales of his or hers thoughts and adventures. There his attention is drawn to a map and he finds himself enthralled by a large river coursing through the heart of Africa. Kurtz serves as a prime example of a civilized gentleman who capitulates to his barbaric side due to his environment. The journey Marlow undertakes is seemingly in our own world, something which we reside in yet know so little about. It is here that we must understand the true strength and power that Kurtz's society derives from him.

Through this structure, the novel explores the effects imperialism has on both the domineering country and the native persons. "One evening coming in with a candle I was startled to hear him say a little tremulously, 'I am lying here in the dark waiting for death.' In this" we can see that, symbolically, Kurtz is so overcome by darkness that he is blind. The fact that these women's thread is black creates an ominous sense of foreboding.). Marlow's anxiousness, states "In the interior you will no doubt meet. Here he notices the inefficiency and waste of the Englishmen. For example, there is a theme of bones which is constantly recurring in Marlow's story. There is also the indication here that technology, civilization, and refinement have been rendered useless. The first part of the journey follows Marlow as he prepares for his job.