Heart of Darkness

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Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness

Write a post answering two of the following questions:

Pick TWO of the following prompts and answer them in a well-developed essay. Be sure to use textual evidence to support your claims. Post your results to the Discussion forum and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts.

  1. Look at the description of the city (paragraph beginning “A narrow and deserted street…”). What kind of setting or image is implied in this description? Why might this imagery be significant?
  2. Analyze the paragraphs that describe Marlow’s fascination with maps. What kind of imagery is used to describe the particular map he is describing (the one with the big river)? What is the purpose of using such imagery?
  3. What is the symbolic meaning of the painting of the blindfolded lady with a torch? How does it connect with the light/dark themes of the novel?
  4. What is significant about Kurtz’s report that Marlow finds? What does the contrast between the report’s wording and the post-script scrawled at the bottom show us? How does Marlow react to it?
  5. What does Kurtz mean when he says with his dying breath, “The horror! The horror!”?
  6. Marlow at one point says that he can’t stand lies, and yet by the end of the novel he lies to Kurtz’s fiancée. Why does he do it, and how does this action work into the larger themes of the novel?
  7. In what ways does this novel indict European colonialism?
  • Each response should be at least 200 words long
  • You must include at least 4 citations from the novella
  • Reply to at least two of your classmates’ threads

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