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Unformatted text preview: Saba Nafees 1B 29 th November, 2010 Heart of Darkness Essay Questions 1. Heart of Darkness contains two contrasting places that represent opposed forces or ideas central to the meaning of the work. Explain how the places differ , what each represents, and how their contrast contributes to the meaning of the work.-London is a city that represents the long troubled history of power and imperialism’s excesses, which strikingly contrasts with the Congo’s wilderness and primitiveness and this profound distinction leads Marlow to discover humanity’s evil tendencies.-Europe is the source of all the horrors and the Congo is the subject of the horrors’ manifestations and this discovery forces Marlow to look inside his own soul and search for the darkness that lies there.-Europe’s highly industrialized nations are a symbol of civilization while Africa’s wilderness suggests the evil and temptation, which Marlow later discovers that Kurtz has succumbed to. -Civilization is the ruling force in Europe but Nature has overpowered the land and peoples of Africa which leads Marlow to discover the cause of the futility of Europeans in Africa in maintaining their civilized natures. CD: “The air was dark above Gravesend, and farther back still seemed condensed into a mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth” (45). CD: “They grabbed at what they could get for the sake of what was to be got” (50). CD: “But there was in it one river especially, a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest curving afar over a vast country, and its tail lost in the depths of the land” (52). CD: “No doubt he was; but he had been a couple of years already out there engagedi n the noble cause, you know, and he probably felt the need at last of asserting his self- respect in some way” (53)....
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