Heart of Darkness Essay

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Adam Levine Mrs. Kahle Great Books 15 October 2012 Title Development Through Contrast and Repetition In Joseph Conrad’s novel, Heart of Darkness, Conrad uses contrast between light and dark imagery, a long with repetition of certain words to describe the significance of the ominous title. The book begins by creating a dark image of London, “A haze rested on the low shores that ran out to sea in vanishing flatness. The air was dark above Gravesend, and farther back still seemed condensed into a mournful gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth” (Conrad 1). Conrad illustrates a sense of depth as he describes his view point on what the heart of darkness means. As the book continues, Conrad’s developmental use of diction proclaims the battle to encompass the evolution of the title. Conrad repeats many of the same words throughout the novel, but each time the word has a different meaning, therefore, aiding the title into development. Conrad first describes the heart of darkness as something tempting, but in the very last paragraph he uses “somber” to describe what Marlow is observing (72). Although the heart of darkness is first very mysterious, as the novel progresses Conrad thoroughly describes its development and the meaning of the title. Through Conrad’s emphasis on light and dark imagery, along with comparing and contrasting, the development and the meaning of the Heart of Darkness is successfully illustrated. Whether this light and dark imagery is tempting, dangerous, or ominous is up to Conrad to depict. Moreover, the river resembles two different types of imagery in the book. The river first mirrors the description of a snake, “But there was in it a mighty big river especially, a mighty big river, that you could see on the map, resembling an immense snake uncoiled, with its head in the sea, its body at rest

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