How can you relate society today and our perceptions of reality to how Marlow viewed Kurtz throughout the novel? What views did Kurtz hold about the nature of the colonial project? What happens when Marlow sees the doctor? This section of the trip was dark, difficult, and gloomy. Marlow also overhears them talk ruthlessly about hanging one of the traders as an example of their authority. I can hardly see Marlow advocating an abolishment of civilization for the sake of a true and unconstrained human existence however attractive it may be after seeing what it did to Kurtz. Directions, examples, and links are available for Infographics on my page. What is the effect of having this narration as a frame story told by the nameless narrator? Is Marlow obligated by his admiration for Kurtz to tell the truth no matter what the consequences? Why does Kurtz give Marlow papers before he dies? What does Kurtz talk about to Marlow on the boat and how does Marlow respond 85-86.
This observation, like many Marlow makes throughout the story, unsettles any assumptions the reader may have about the opposition between barbarity and civilization, colonizer and colonized. What happens when Marlow visits his aunt to say his farewells? Related to Heart of Darkness -- Eternity Blues by Hayden Carruth, Billiards by Walker Gibson, Joseph Conrad by Ruth Schuler Wildes. Explain the theme of darkness used by Joseph Conrad? What does he think of Kurtz? What do the pilgrims assume has happened to Kurtz and the station 68? Discuss some possibilities for who the narrator may be. How does Marlow think of Kurtz 83? Click on image for full-size infographic. Does racism mean the same thing today as it did in early 20th century Europe? How does Marlow describe the woman 77? Does the book present a simple and degrading view of the native Africans? We admire celebrities for the roles they play in movies, rather than admiring people with actual moral value.
For this question, if no one brings up the idea of Kurtz as a hero, I ask them to defend this idea. But does it work in that capacity in the book? Is Marlow unable to let go of his hope that there is some truth to be understood, and that it can be understood, even if it remains inaccessible to him? What has Kurtz pronounced judgment on — himself, human nature, the colonial enterprise? What consequences does it have? This comment suggests that the meaning of Marlow's encounter with Kurtz can be found not in the experience itself, but in the telling of the story — a transaction between Marlow and his listeners. What does Marlow think of his crew 51-52? How does the manager respond to Kurtz? The mission to find Kurtz causes Marlow to realize a cruel understanding towards the world. Then what do the pilgrims do? Background Joseph Conrad's classic Heart of Darkness is densely packed with many themes, some more obvious than others. What is he looking forward to?.
A young man who beckons them to land there. What is one interpretation of the title? What does Marlow see when he turns his binoculars on Kurtz' compound again 73-74? How does Marlow seem to respond to what he sees? I see Marlow's lie as an act of protection against truth that he gives to Kurtz's intended. Consider Marlow's description of it as a charming snake. Put things in the perspective of colonialism and imperialism. What is the significance of painting made by Kurtz? Joseph Conrad's classic novel of social criticism, Heart of Darkness, focuses on the colonization of Congo by the country of Belgium and takes a harsh look at barbarity, civilization, colonization, and the colonizers. Who is the foreman 44 and why does Marlow like him? When he sets out, Marlow has never heard of Kurtz; the purpose of his journey, never clearly explained, becomes obscured by Marlow's growing fascination with him. Yes there are many elements of religion in the novel.
Kurtz gives papers to Marlow for safe custody before his death because he trusts on him and he worried that manager will get control of his heritage. What does Marlow mean by his first statement middle of p. What is the effect of Marlow's addressing his audience at the top of p. Marlow returns the book to him and he introduces himself as a Russian from the Dutch Trading Company. Who is the first person Marlow meets? Who is the leader of the expedition? I can maintain and expand this website only with your help. Others, such as nature, infidelity, and heroism take a bit of digging to find.
What are its benefits to a writer? What had Kurtz later written at the end of his report? What does he want to get out of it? What does Marlow do with the helmsman's body? Why are the pilgrims waiting and what are they waiting for? This break begins on p. Kurtz writes this before embarking on his trip and Marlow is frightened yet mesmerized by it. The larger implication is that, rather than perceiving significance or sense within the external world, we infuse past experience with meaning. How and why does he become involved? How does he comment about the map he sees there? What is the significance of river Congo in Heart of Darkness? How does the foreman respond to what Marlow says about rivets? I think that, in the context of the novel, constraint is more important than truth. What does Marlow realise about his motivations? Marlow also overhears them talk ruthlessly about hanging one of the traders as an example of their authority. What does he think of the fireman 52? If so, who is it and why? What unusual things does he note, and how does he respond to them? How do these thoughts lead to the break in the narrative on 42-43 as the narrator briefly takes over? Marlow returns the book to him and he introduces himself as a Russian from the Dutch Trading Company.
How does Marlow describe the cry 55? How far is the boat from the inner station? How does he feel about the native helmsman person who steers the boat? Does Kurtz live up to our expectations? In this case, Marlow is talking about Kurtz being taken out of his station in the heart of the jungle. Is just the fact that he is telling the story enough? How does Marlow interpret them? Look closely at how Marlow responds to the idea that the Africans are hungry 56-58? He throws it off the boat into the river. Marlow also suggests on this page that he lied to her about Kurtz. What thoughts about the river does Marlow have as he leans against the wreck of his steamer 41-42? Answer key and scoring guides with detailed answer explanations. He describes his meeting with Mr. We must help them to stay in that beautifyl world of their own, lest ours get worse.
Or, could both Marlow and Kurtz be considered anti-heroes in Heart of Darkness? What attribute does he find in the Africans that he does not find in the whites? As he travels deeper into Africa, Marlow feels a growing sense of dread. The mission to find Kurtz causes Marlow to realize a cruel understanding towards the world. What sort of encounter did the Russian once have with the woman 78? What are the first things Marlow sees at the outer station pages 30-31? As a kind of preface to his tale, Marlow points out that to the invaders from ancient Rome, Britain must have appeared just as uncivilized as Africa does to European colonizers. How much to we learn of Marlow's trip back down the river and back to the sepulchral city? How does Marlow describe the Russian at the beginning of Part 3? The idealization of Kurtz was merely an illusion just like our glorification of celebrities and politicians merely deceive us of a true reality. What is the effect on Marlow and the reader of the two women knitting? What does he ask for? What does the Russian now think of Kurtz? Part two begins with Marlow overhearing a conversation about Kurtz between the Manager and his uncle, the leader of the Eldorado Exploring Expedition. This section of the trip was dark, difficult, and gloomy. Going to the next level: does this seem to be the position of Conrad, of the novel Heart of Darkness, or is the novel aware of and somehow commenting on Marlow's position? Consider some of the most important uses of sound, and discuss why you feel they are important.
Why is Marlow so bothered by Kurtz? If you want to view the video on the Conrad page, you will need to use FireFox as your browser. What is the Eldorado Exploring Expedition 45-46 and why are they there? What does he find written in it? What sort of picture of Kurtz do we get from this interlude on him? What is the argument of the report? Return to the Sepulchral City 88-90. Kurtz writes this before embarking on his trip and Marlow is frightened yet mesmerized by it. How was Marlow included in the letters that the boat had brought to Kurtz 77? What is wrong, to the manager, with what Kurtz has done? Consider Marlow's relation to women especially, in this case, to the Intended. Notice the break in Marlow's narrative on page 21 and watch for others.