Heart of Darkness Annotation Guide - Annotations Need...

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Annotations - Need annotation #, color code, short statement about significance Part I 1. Simile/Imagery: describes the Thames vividly, describing how immense the river is and comparing it as an interminable waterway continues to enhance the idea ̈ ̈ that this river is truly large -- as it stretches as far as the narrator can see, and seems to picture the Thames as infinite and therefore, neverending. 2. Metaphor/Imagery: Sky and sea are ‘welded’ together without a joint, thus expressing that at the horizon both the sky and the sea meet seamlessly, providing more context as to the setting of the novella 3. Diction/Connotation: The combination of Mournful Gloom highlights the ̈ ̈ melancholy feelings of the town that the narrator is describing 4. Narrator*: At this point in the novella, Marlow seems to be a young, innocent sailor who truly admire others’ experiences and entrusts those who are most experienced, displaying a naïve character 5. Accountant: At this point in the novella, the Accountant is portrayed as a man that values logic, as a result of the type of game he chose, dominoes. In addition, they are also ¨toying architecturally with the bones , which further emphasizes ̈ the logic/technicality that this character values 6. Marlow: At this point in the novella, Marlow seems to be a simple, unordinary man due to his physical appearance, however, the part resembled an idol allows ̈ Marlow to appear as perhaps an ideal, or even a perfectionated version of a man -- ergo, imbalances his previous physical description. 7. Simile/Imagery: The description of the mist that looks similar to that of fabric which hangs from the trees, and then drape the low shores in a delicate fold simply explains the scenery experienced by the narrator, allowing more insight for the true experience of the journey thus far, in terms of setting. 8. Simile/Personification: Once again, this simile is comparing (in this case the sun and death) to further enhance the abrupt lack of sunlight, as death could occur. The comparison here is meant to emphasize the time that has elapsed, and allow the reader to follow the extent of the narrative in terms of time and setting. 9. Personification: The sea is said to ‘serve’ the proud imperialistic men on this journey because in essence, the water is the ¨path¨ to overtaking a country, and introducing imperialism. 10. Simile: The comparison of the names of ships to jewels serves simply to highlight the rank and preciousness that these ships had as a result of their purpose -- to travel to imperialize as much as the world as possible. 11. Power: Here, there is an example of a lower rank (seed of commonwealth) and higher rank (germs of empires). In essence, the quote serves primarly to affirm
the idea of imperialism, where commonwealth (seeds:not yet anything, but have potential) cannot compare in terms of power to that of an empire (germ: established, but still has potential to thrive with the correct resources) 12. Diction: Words such as monstrous¨, ominously , brooding gloom , and lurid ̈ ̈ ̈ ̈ ̈

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