Heart of Darkness - Ever since the beginning of time light...

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Ever since the beginning of time, light and dark existed as opposite entities. To this day, in many cultures around the world, light and dark, or darkness, symbolizes similar concepts. Light represents goodness, hope, and purity. Darkness represents the unknown, evil, and danger. Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness contains a blunt symbolism of light and darkness, and how they relate to human nature and mankind. As the first ray of light seeps through the morning sky, dawn has arrived. Narrator Marlow seems to always observe the rising and setting of the sun. This could symbolize that although evil may be present, in the dark and hidden among the night, the good that is contained in the human race or nature will prevail to give new hope and bring upon yet another day. Marlow’s comfort in light is another distinct trait of human nature. “Moreover, he pointed out that if the warning to approach cautiously; we must approach in daylight – not at dusk, or in the dark. This was sensible enough,” (Conrad 35). In the instance of danger, light represents hope
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2010 for the course ENGLISH 504891 taught by Professor Dell during the Spring '10 term at Arcadia University.

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