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Heart of darkness


Heart of darkness is a novella. It is a frame story and is written by Joseph Conrad (a polish british novelist). The story talk about Marlow’s who as an ivory (that is symbol of greedy) transporter down the Congo, free state in the heart of Africa. Marlow is the principal narrator and he tells his story to friends aboard a boat ancored on the river thames. Through his journey, Marlow develops an intense interest in investigating Kurtz, an ivory-procurement agent, and Marlow is shocked upon seeing what the European traders have done to the natives.


Might mean fear, death and hidden things, mystery. The unknown is this book refers to another culture, the jungle and also the human soul. Africa england and brussels are all described as somehow dark, even if the sun is shining brightly. Darkness is the inability to see and for the human it as profound implications.


The narration is not chronologically in order. We have a lot of shift in time an places. The modernity of the book is that there are a lot of unreliable narrators.the main narrator in marlow that narrate what he saw, the people he met so he is a observer narrator, a witness. But there is an another narrator who is a friend of Marlow and is unknown and is the frame narrator that speaks in the 1st person and talk at the beginning of the story.
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