Austin NguyenNicholas HP Literature2 December 2016HOD Questions: Section 11.The author uses a number of words to create an ominous foreshadowing atmosphere. Some of the recurring words that he chooses to create this effect are “brooding” and “gloom” to describe the setting. This description of the setting is a symbol to the internal feelings of the characters before going on this trip. The author furthers his description using words such as“sombre” and “unstained light” to emphasize the lack of light that is shown in the scene, thus a more ominous dark, but also ironic atmosphere in “the biggest, and the greatest, townon earth” (Conrad 2).2.The author alludes to a number of famous voyagers and explorers that have sailed in and out of the Thames River. One of the people that he alludes to is Sir Francis Drake as one of “the great knights” (Conrad 4). He speaks of them as if they were heroes because they sailed to foreign lands to bring civilization, religion, and other European traits; this “a spark from the secret fire” (Conrad 4). He alludes to these explorers to suggest an ironic tone of how theEuropeans invaded and conquered many lands, while also taking advantage of the people living there. Sir Francis Drake was involved with the selling and trading in slaves in Africa, hence giving the ironic tone when Marlow praises these explorers.