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When Joseph Conrad composed Heart of Darkness he created a literary masterpiece which embodied the essence of light contrasting with darkness Throughout the novel Conrad constantly utilizes the images of light and dark and uses them to mold a vision which the reader is then able to use to decipher the literal and metaphorical meanings of the novel As Conrad said my task which I am trying to achieve is by the power of the written word to make you hear to make you feel- it is before all to make you see Crankshaw 34 In Heart of Darkness Conrad makes the reader see by absorbing into every aspect possible of the book images of lightness and darkness The light and dark images of the novel contrast not only each other but them selves allowing the reader to envision the struggle one encounters once they have met with the darkness in their heartThe setting symbols and the characters each contain light and dark images create the center theme of the novelThe physical setting of the novel plays a major role in the journey through Heart of Darkness in both a physical or literal sense as well as in the metaphorical journey through ones own heart Each and every aspect of the setting can be paralleled to darkness and unknown aspects of ones own self This aspect provides for the metaphorical ways of interpreting the novel The novel opens on the deck of a large sailing vessel called the Nellie As the reader is introduced to each character onboard the ship the sun is continuing its decent and shortly all will be exposed to the utter darkness brought upon with the approach of night Marlow then begins the journey which will bring the reader into the far reaches of the African Congo This beginning scene is the first use of the darkness These images are used to foreshadow the mystery of what lies ahead for
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