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  • Messiness And Confusion And Darkness Of Experience
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    Distilling the Darkness In analysis of Heart of Darkness, much is made of Conrad's intentions in telling his tale. People search for a moral lesson, a strict social commentary, an absolution for the evil of the dark jungle. It isn't there, and that's not the point. In works of philosophy (like The Republic), or works of political theory (like Socialism: Utopian and Scientific), or works of natural science (like The Origin of Species), this sifting of important and clear ideas from the mess and c...
  • Come Bow Before Your Lord And King
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    IN HIS LIGHT Inside our spirits is love defined Our hearts on course to be refined; But on our knees we find the King, And from our hearts we joyfully sing The praises of our God Most High Into His grace where we draw nigh. From within the heavens a mighty sound Is heard by all who gather round... ' Come gather all in one accord; Come see your God - the risen Lord; Come bow before your Lord and King, And at His feet your offerings bring. Come here and gaze upon His face, And see the wonders of t...
  • Horror And Madness Of The Human Heart
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    Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now dramatically displays a variety of the shocking, devastating, and bizarre emotions experienced by victims of the Vietnam War. Viewers are able to feel the horror and madness of the war as eccentric images of Hell repeat themselves upon Captain Willard's arrival to Kurtz's station. As Willard reaches his destination, the evidence of insanity grows as the presence of Natives present themselves awkward to the audience and to the actors. In connection to the novel He...
  • Its Dark Side
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    Being Human When one thinks about who or what a human is, one finds that a human is merely another animal. A human has its light side which is caring, loving, affectionate, tender, and amorous, but with the light must come the dark. A human can be cruel, cold, maniacal, callous, and in other words: Cold hearted. Sometimes a human, because of its dark side, destroys, kills, hates, and commits other acts of violence towards other people and the environment around them with no expressed emotion bec...
  • Kurtz Heart
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    In this paper I will show the effect the 'Heart of Darkness' had on Kurtz in the stages prior to, the Kurtz in transition, and at the end of his journey. The Kurtz prior to his journey was a man with a noble heart. We learn about Kurtz prior to his journey by listening to the conversations Marlow has when he returns from Africa. Marlow talked with Kurtz' cousin, an old colleague, and his Intended. Kurtz 'was a universal genius' (244). The old colleague told of 'how the man could talk. He electri...
  • Lost World And Heart Of Darkness
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    "True, by this time it was not a blank space any more... it had become a place of darkness". (Heart of Darkness) Examine the significance of 'blank spaces' in THREE novels of the 19th and / or early 20th centuries. The ellipsis in the titular quote refers to an important omission: "it [the blank space] had got filled since my boyhood with rivers and lakes and names. It had ceased to be a blank space of delightful mystery - a white patch for a boy to dream gloriously over". 1 Conrad's Marlow high...
  • Jungles Of Africa And Europe
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    In literature, contrasting places are used by certain authors as a way of representing opposed forces or ideas that are central to the meaning of the work. We see this used in Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad as he applies the jungles of Africa, and Europe to develop the concept of "civilization" and "the heart of darkness" respectively. Conrad is attempting to explain how even the most cultured individual can face a decision of morality and ethics when put in a questioning situation like Kurt...
  • Surreal And Supernatural Themes
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    Nothing is creepier than a gripping horror story, however today's horror genre is filled with axe-wielding maniacs wanting to literally paint the town red. Two stories that probably would not come to mind when thinking of good "wholesome" horror are Franz Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness". Although neither of these works is classified as being in the horror genre, upon deeper analysis one will see that both of these works include elements one might classify as g...

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