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Heart of Darkness and Hollow Men Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad and Hollow Men by TS Eliot have several comparative themes though each author has an entirely separate way of conveying them Each work displays a darkened and dismal mood separation and obscurity which are depicted through different characters and environments The authors both have a disdain for the hierarchy in society which they cannot escape and the destructive consequences that occur because of a higher authoritys demands And both authors portray characters who are observant though one observes the tactile and the other looks deeper into the spirituality of himself and others Conrad and Eliot make darkness death impending doom and separation the main focus in these two pieces of work On page one of Heart of Darkness Conrad uses descriptions like haze dark mournful brooding and gloom to set the general scene and mood for the continuum of the novel Eliot sets up a similar scene by using death several times throughout the poem line 14 and parallels life with fading or dying stars line 28 44 and 54 In lines 39-44 Eliot even goes so far as to give a morbid depiction of a graveyard This is the dead land This is the cactus land Here the stone images Are raised here they receive The supplication of a dead mans hand Under the twinkle of a fading star Although the setting is a huge part of depicting the mood the characters and their personalities cannot be forgotten their personalities also convey the theme of darkness While Marlow is in the waiting room he feels slightly uneasy and as if there is something ominous in the atmosphere 8 Conrad continues to use such descriptions through Marlow to delineate the feeling of darkness within himself Marlow says that instead of going to the center of a continenthe feels
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