Re: Heart of Darkness: Student Message Board Involvement
Jonathan Tang 1st period.
I really enjoy Conrad's style of writing.
The plot is easy to follow, and the setting of the river and African "darkness" is very descriptive. Although his details of the settings are flowery, it's imagery casts a veil over the jungle, making for a confusing, chaotic, and perhaps an intimidating environment. This jostle of descriptions instills fear that I experience firsthand.
Marlow's internal conflict has infinite capabilities and possibilities. "The mind of man is capable of anything-because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future. What was there after all? Joy, fear, sorrow, devotion, valour, rage-who can tell?-but truth-truth stripped of its cloak of time." (Conrad, 109.) I actually reread this passage to extract the inner message. The mind has no limitations; it's able to replay moments that are important. Memories serve as foundations for reflection, remembering, and learning. Marlow's story is told according to his eidetic memory. The style of narration allows the narrator, Marlow, to reflect on his past experiences while telling a story to his crew.