Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness : part 1

Marlow observes, "i felt as though, instead of going to the centre of a continent, i were about to set off for the centre fo the earth." Consider how this statement relates to the following statement:

... the archetypical myth dramatized in much great literature since the book of Jonah: the story of essentially solitary journey involving profoundspiritual change in the voyager. Im its classical form, the journey is a descent into the earth, followed by return to light.

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In Heart of Darkness, Marlowe travels deep into the jungle...... he travels to a place only seen by a handful of white men before him. In this context, Marlowe is an explorer. He travels deep into the darkness of the jungle, only to be followed by the journey back to civilization...... and civilized people.