Heart of Darkness

Orality in Heart of darkness?

What can we say about orality in heart of darkness? And first of all, how define the term Orality? and can we divide it in three part for a commentary?

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Orality is thought and verbal expression in societies where the technologies of literacy (especially writing and print) are unfamiliar to most of the population. I'm not sure about a three part commentary; there simply isn't room for that. I can say there was certainly a lack of understanding or even a lack of attempt at understanding any expressions of the indigenous people. Marlow made some observances but the larger European presence in the Congo dismissed any native culture as savagery. This makes Kurtz himself such an interesting character. Kurtz, who seems to have gone rouge or "native", was the only European to examine orality both from a European and indigenous viewpoint.


Orality definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orality