Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

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In the beginning of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, the protagonist name Marlow is accompanied by his fellow sailors on a boat on the Thames River. On the boat, Marlow begins his tale of his journey into the Congo and its eerie wilderness. Silence is the state or condition when nothing is audible; absence of all sound or noise; complete quietness or stillness; noiselessness. It is sometimes personified. Throughout the novel, the word silence appears thirty-seven times in total. The jungle is described over and over as silent; we envision a jungle to be the complete opposite. Silence is used efficiently as an instrument of symbolism for discomfort and uneasiness in Heart of Darkness.
In Heart of Darkness, when Marlow starts to tell his story, the narrator says: “His remark did not seem at all surprising. It was just like Marlow. It was accepted in silence. No one took the trouble to grunt even;” Silence can be used as a way of scorning but when you are in a place where you can’t express yourself in the manner you would like but still feel like something needs to be said. The other characters on the Nellie don’t seem to have an interest in what Marlow is saying either. Marlow also flip flops between how and where he uses the word “silence” to describe his atmosphere. In the lines, “Now and then a carrier dead in harness, at rest in the long grass near the path, with an empty water-gourd and his long staff lying by his side. A great silence around and above.” Marlow…

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