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Heart of Darkness Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Heart of Darkness

Marlow tells his companions the story of his adventures in Africa. He is hired by a European company to be the captain of a steamer to pilot the boat through the rivers to reach the different stations. The company's pretext is to spread knowledge through Africa, but they are there to make money, particularly from ivory.

Their travels through Africa are made when Africa was at its roughest, with cannibals still a danger.

Marlow hears about a man called Kurtz, the company's best agent in Africa, held in high regard by all. When Marlow meets this man we see how he has been corrupted by his greed.

This report prepared by John Samson



In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Marlowe tells his tale of his journey to the heart of Africa, the Congo. His purpose is to get ivory with his steamboat, but becomes a journey into the deep psyche of the human mind.
This report prepared by Amanda Van Laarhoven



Psychological study of characters in social/racial upheaval (internal) and its effects on their understanding of society, themselves, race and the world.
This report prepared by Kelly Whiting








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Chapter Analysis of Heart of Darkness

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   19th century Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism Culture clash?    -   visiting a culture in other country Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   African Black If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   navy soldier

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Africa    -   Yes Kind of Africa:    -   Black Africa Jungles?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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