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Color is used very effectively as a tool of symbolism in Heart of Darkness Colors especially black and white are used to symbolize evil black and good white Other colors are also used although less often than black and white Throughout the story people are thought to have white souls or black souls depending on their innate goodness or badness or the role they are fulfilling at the time The color of a persons soul is often contrasted to the color of their skin A black- souled white-skinned person is thought to be evil and dishonest I met a white man in such an unexpected elegance of getup Conrad p21 This demonstrates how a white man was not expected to be a good person Elegance of dress was unexpected because the man was white In comparison a white-souled black-skinned person is thought to be truthful and full of integrity An athletic black belonging to some coast tribe and educated by my poor predecessorthought all the world of himself Conrad p45 People are described as black with hatred regardless of skin color This is further evidence of black being used synonymously with evil Black isnt just used to describe evil people Often far away I thought of these two guarding the door of Darkness knitting black wool as for a warm pall Conrad p 14 The symbolism of black wool at the door of Darkness is clearly pointing to evil and further supports black as evil Heath 2 Colors other than black and white are used to describe moods and attitudes past the basic good and evil Red signifies industry There was a vast amount of red - good to see at any time because one knows that some real work is done in there Conrad p13 Yellow is seen as a cowardly color I was going into the yellow Dead in the center Conrad p13 Pale denotes Death It is also used this way in
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