Heart of Darkness Lit. Journal Essay

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Heart of Darkness: Literary Vocabulary Journal

Directions: As you read Heart of Darkness, you will note examples of important literary devices used by Conrad in the text. First, find the definition and fill them in the table below. Then, find and example from the text. You can find definitions on the internet (using a literary terms dictionary). Or in a Literary Dictionary.

Online Literary Dictionary: http://web.cn.edu/kwheeler/lit_terms_A.html

Term/Definition: Example from the text: Brief Explanation as to How Example creates Meaning in the Text: Page #:
Archetype: the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies “I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and
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They shouted, sang; their bodies streamed with perspiration; they had faces like grotesque masks – these chaps; but they had bone, muscle, a wild vitality, an intense energy of movement, that was as natural and true as the surf along their coast.” The way he describes the natives makes them sound frightening and foreign – you can practically feel the narrator’s fear of them. Page 19
Irony: “saying one thing and meaning another” ‘“The last word he pronounced was - your name.’” This is ironic in the fact that on page 39, Marlow claims how he detests lies yet we all are away that Kurtz’ actual last words were “The horror! The horror!” Page 116 & 39
Mood: In literature, a feeling, emotional state, or disposition of mind--especially the predominating atmosphere or tone of a literary work “…all that mysterious life of the wilderness that stirs in the forest, in the jungles, in the hearts of wild men…” Creates a mood of helplessness, hopelessness, and most of , darkness. Page 8
Point of View: The way a story gets told and who tells it (i.e. first person, third-person narrative, omniscient, etc.) ‘“Mind,’ he began…, ‘mind, none of us would feel exactly like this…”’ The entirety of the story is told in First Person point of view via the telling of Marlow, the narrator. Page 8
Setting: The general locale, historical time, and social circumstances in which the action of a fictional or dramatic work occurs “The edge

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