The Night Journey In Heart Of

Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, has been illustrated as a night journey or a story of initiation, in which man proceeds to experience preceding from innocence and deeply appreciates goodness as he becomes acquainted with the nature of evil. The conception of darkness, which is symbolic of evil, is presented metaphorically, literally, and notably psychologically. The novel may be described as an expedition into the mind, which the reader experiences through Marlow, the protagonist. As a 'night journey', the novella informs the reader that all men are capable of abhorrence, of abomination. Conrad effectively illustrates one man's acquaintance with evil through the literary ...

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innocence to experience and becomes acquainted with evil in the novella, I have interpreted the character of Marlow as the embodiment of good, and Kurtz as that of evil, (although not entirely).
The events of the night journey of Heart of Darkness are described through the character of Marlow who acts as a mediator as he tells the story. Depth and meaningfulness are given in the text, through Marlow's function, serving as a conciousness.
Even before the journey to the Congo, Marlow provides a sense of depravity when he comments (on page 33) that Africa '…had become a place of darkness.' Marlow further describes the Congo as '…a mighty big river…resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land.' The winding elaborateness of the river is symbolic of an entrance to a mysterious place, a shapely body that is usually beautiful; and so Marlow says that 'The ...

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