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Title: Heart of Darkness Part I

Heart of Darkness Part I
Compare the narrators voice to Marlows.
  • Write a P1 (thesis) as well as 3 P2s and 2 P2s/P3

How does the first 3 pages set up the rest of the
novella?Find hints of foreshadowing in the first
few pages.
What is the mood of the narrators initial
writing?How does this compare to Marlow?
Create a list of dichotomies listed so far in
Part I. What is Conrad saying by including these?
In the frame story section of the book, what
details does Conrad include to create a sense of
comfort and peacefulness? What elements contrast
the serenity?
How does Marlows aunt, the excellent woman,
depict him to the wife of the high dignitary?
What problems might this pose for Marlow? Why?
Characterize how Marlow describes the African
coast (beginning on p. 66)?
On occasion, black fellows in boats visit the
ship that Marlow is aboard. Do you think that the
description of these fellows is mostly positive
or mostly negative? And, how do these
descriptions compare to most depictions of whites
in the novel?
Look at page 32. He broke off. Flames glided in
the riverHow does this break in narration
affect our understanding of Marlow?
Perform a textual analysis for Marlows statement
on page 33 True, by this time it was not a
blank space any more.
  • What is Marlows attitude toward Africa, and what
    literary devices does he use to achieve desired

Consider Marlows first impression of the
Africans on page 40. How does he characterize
them? What is his attitude towards them? What
does this reveal about Marlow?
Turn to the section on the Grove of Death. What
literary elements does Marlow use to describe
these men? What effects do these choices have on
the overall meaning of the selection?
  • I avoided a vast artificial hole somebody had
    been digging to this of white thread from
    beyond the seas

Consider one of the first descriptions of Kurtz
(p. 51-2). What do we learn about him, and how
does Conrad construct him as such a mysterious
  • Describe and analyze the significance of the
    following motifs in the novella so far
  • Light/Dark - Fod
  • Death - Europe vs. Africa
  • River
  • Jungle
  • Women
  • Kurtz
  • Ivory
  • Rivets
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