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I had read this story once before when I was a freshman at a branch campus of Penn State called Behrend I read it for a literature class dealing with short stories and their analyzation I didnt really like the story back then and it really hasnt moved-up any spots on my list of favorites Although I really didnt care for the story I did notice quite a bit of symbolism throughout the book Conrad seemed to use black and white as his main source of color symbolism Just as in the old westerns white is good and black is bad One instance in which you could see this is the many times that Conrad speaks of the white souls of the black people and the black souls of the white people that exploit them The old ladies in the Belgian office sat there and knitted black wool symbolizing the dark fate and tragedy that were to follow You can find many many other examples of the usage of black and white to symbolize feelings and emotions as well as a few other colors There are also some objects that Conrad uses to create a symbolism Take for example the stick of wax that the manager breaks while he is talking about Kurtz I dont know but if you ask me the manager wishes that the wax actually was Kurtz I think that the oil painting that was done by Kurtz shows that he was completely aware of what was going on and what he was getting himself into I also noticed that grass was mentioned a lot in the story I remember from my class at Behrend that the professor mentioned that Conrad liked to include a lot of references to Biblical scripture in his works I cant remember what it was supposed to mean but I think that the grass has something to do with the Bible Well even
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