Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness Essay

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Joseph Conrad 's Heart of Darkness is a influential, but debatable literary work. There is a certain maturity level needed in order to fully analyze and understand the messages conveyed. College students, in particular, would benefit from studying Heart of Darkness because of the incorporation of advanced literary techniques, and the maturity needed to fully comprehend the story.
There is a great amount of symbolic and allegorical meaning behind the explicit text. Throughout the entirety of the book, the contrast between dark and light are noted. Along with that, there are many different meanings that can be interpreted from the explicit text. For example, on page 67 of Heart of Darkness, Marlow states “It was paddled by black fellows. You could see from afar the white of their eyeballs glistening. This statement on a symbolic level can be interpreted as the Africans on the outside, are affected by external darkness ( this could be sadness, cruelty, injustice). However, the eyes often represent “windows to the soul” and because their eyes are white, this can represent innocence and purity. This is only one interpretation that is shaped by the readers personal life experience; therefore, there is often ambiguity that accompanies symbolism. With every image or physical step taken by Charles Marlow, there is significance on a deeper and more emotional level.
On an allegorical standpoint, with every physical endeavor, there is a relative life event or journey. For instance, when…

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