Heart of Darkness Passage Analysis

Heart of Darkness Passage Analysis - Karthik Patange AP...

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Karthik Patange AP English Literature September 5, 2007 Passage Analysis As Marlow's steamer penetrates deeper and deeper into the “heart of darkness” in search of Kurtz's remote trading station, Africa becomes increasingly impenetrable to human thought. In the beginning of chapter 2, the use of dashes and commas in the text shows Marlow’s stream of consciousness and his immediacy in adding more information. Marlow describes the earth as “unearthly” which shows some verbal irony: the earth is still earth, but the desire for power seems unethical, or unearthly; the Europeans make Africans more monstrous instead of civilizing them. At the end of the passage, Marlow states that the truth had been “stripped of its cloak of time,” that it there is no sense of truth for the imperialism taking place. The monster is within the Europeans who consider themselves superior. One the one hand, Africa is a “conquered monster.” On the other, it is the European conquerors who are conquered, as their ruthless and violent imperialism leaves their savagery. “We, ” the world’s
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