Heart of Darkness

"The fog" ,How the environment and characters are treated

Explore some of the ways darkness manifests in the text and how the imagery and language surrounding this concept contributes to some of the major themes in novella

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In Conrad's book "darkness" represents human nature, especially of the Europeans who come to plunder the villages along the Congo River. There is darkness everywhere in this book, both literal and metaphorical. The literal darkness is seen in the shadows of the Congo, " a starred darkness" that pervades everything. There is the metaphorical darkness that swallows Europeans up who succumb to the mysteries of the jungle. They loose their bearings and sense of identity, "Kurtz discoursed. A voice! a voice! It rang deep to the very last. It survived his strength to hide in the magnificent folds of eloquence the barren darkness of his heart."