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The Night Journey in Heart of Darkness Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad has been illustrated as a night journey or a story of initiation in which man proceeds to experience preceding from innocence and deeply appreciates goodness as he becomes acquainted with the nature of evil The conception of darkness which is symbolic of evil is presented metaphorically literally and notably psychologically The novel may be described as an expedition into the mind which the reader experiences through Marlow the protagonist As a night journey the novella informs the reader that all men are capable of abhorrence of abomination Conrad effectively illustrates one mans acquaintance with evil through the literary concepts of characterisation symbol writer in context ideology and reader positioning and the point of view There are essentially only two characters that are significant to the notions and plot of Heart of Darkness namely Marlow and Kurtz The two characters are distinctly different from each other although both are equally characterised with physical and mental traits by Conrad The reader is involved with the interaction between the two characters As I support the thesis that man moves from innocence to experience and becomes acquainted with evil in the novella I have interpreted the character of Marlow as the embodiment of good and Kurtz as that of evil although not entirely The events of the night journey of Heart of Darkness are described through the character of Marlow who acts as a mediator as he tells the story Depth and meaningfulness are given in the text through Marlows function serving as a conciousness Even before the journey to the Congo Marlow provides a sense of depravity when he comments on page 33 that Africa had become a place of darkness Marlow further describes the Congo as a mighty big riverresembling an immense snake uncoiled with its head in the sea its body at rest curving afar over a vast
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