The Dark and Light Imagery in "Heart of Darkness" Essay
Throughout the entire novella, Joseph Conrad uses simple events to describe significant dark and light imagery. As the story begins, a man named Marlow describes his journey into the depths of the African Congo. He is in search of a man name Kurtz …show more content…
The setting is also described by Conrad to his readers in a way of imagery; the light represented civilization as Marlow entered the Congo, and the dark as the uncivilized humans. It could also be described as the good and evil that Marlow viewed. Marlow expresses horror when he witnesses the violent mistreatment of the natives, and he then believes that a kingship exists between black Africans and Europeans, but at the same time he states that this kingship is ugly, horrifying, and wrong.
Another time when Marlow is discussing the despair he views, is when he disembarks at the Company’s station, which is in a terrible state of poor shape. He sees piles of old, decomposing machinery and a cliff being blasted for no obvious reason. He then also sees a group of black men, who are prisoners, walking along in chains and being guarded by the guard of another black man, who wears a different uniform and is carrying a rifle. He states that he already knows the: “devils” of violence, greed, and desire, but that in Africa he became acquainted with the “flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil