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A Comparison and Contrast of Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness Achebe uses positive tone in his description of the African jungle whereas Conrad makes use of negative connotations Their portrayals of the jungle reflect their attitudes toward their subject Achebe sees it as a hospitable home whereas Conrad sees a tragic trap Conrad utilizes words with negative connotations such as Arioted Amob Avengeful and Agloom to portray the jungle as an inauspicious place He makes use of diction such as Whether it meant war peace or prayer we could not tell to further portray the jungle as an Aunknown planet a place of hostile unfamiliarity Conrad feels the white mans burden as an accursed inheritance to be subdued Marlows ignorance of his surroundings is exemplified as he asks The prehistoric man was cursing us praying to us welcoming us -- who could tell Marlow is simultaneously frightened and baffled by this man His attitude is one of disgust Achebe uses positive connotations and imagery The sun rose slowly to the center of the sky a peaceful dance taking one of the titles of his clan with music and dancing and a great feast to depict the jungle as a lively animated and supportive dwelling His images of The sun breaking through contrast heavily with Conrads dark and gloomy imagery Conrad is more biased from the beginning against the African people seeing them as an extension of the impenetrable forest where his character Marlow is cut off for ever from everything you had know once sic Marlows jungle is one of Aplants and water and silence These images lend themselves to the British impression of Africa as an uncivilized place Achebes music and dancing and a great feast are a roll of drums behind a curtain of treeshovering high over our heads to Conrad Achebes feast is a pleasant image of celebration whereas Conrads hovering trees call up images
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