Heart of Darkness Essay

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“Each man’s life represents a road toward himself.” As quoted by Nobel Prize poet Hermann Hesse, a journey is also an epiphanic pathway that the individual confronts during their exploration for their identity, through their comprehension of the human condition and the world. ‘Heart of Darkness’ (1899) authorised by Joseph Conrad is a well-written novel that exemplifies not only physical journey, but also the imagery and inner journey of Marlow, as the first person is called, which is also a discovery of human condition and the world. Similarly, in the Chinese movie ‘Scarlet letter’ (2011) directed by Guoli Li, the struggle of both physical and inner journey is integrated in the characterisation of the leading role Ruoxi, a modern office lady who travels back in times and encounters tragedy and romance. These two texts do not limit us to view the journey as something that could be physical only, but also assists us to comprehend the notion of emotional growth that we can relate to, which leads to greater knowledge and understanding. The character in both texts composes an answer to human’s motive behind travelling; they extend themselves physically, intellectually and emotionally. In ‘Heart of Darkness’, Conrad uses language techniques symbolism and atmospheres to develop physical and spiritual changes through out the book. The title of this book strongly symbolises Africa as ‘darkness’ and, the Congo, is depicted as the ‘heart of darkness’. The main river, Thames River is described as a shape of snake, which symbolises mystery, dangerous and very twisted inner self. The main object that appears in the novel over and over again, the ivory, symbolises the pagan God that is worshipped by Kurtz and other whites, which is also symbolised as power. Another language technique, moods/atmospheres is used to create a sense of danger and mystery. This is developed step by

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