Day 5

Heart of Darkness Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why does Marlow become disillusioned with Kurtz on the boat?

    There has been an aura of mystery around Kurtz since his introduction as a character. Marlow is usually too distant to be affected by this sort of thing, but he is drawn into it, as well. Kurtz was fascinating to him theoretically, but on the boat, Kurtz is all too human. Kurtz also reveals himself to be an opportunist and perhaps something of a con artist.

  2. 2

    What delays the group from returning, and what purpose does it serve in the larger narrative?

    The group is stuck when the steamer breaks down. A sort of stagnation sets in that should be familiar to the reader by this point. It extends the...

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