CliffsNotes on Conrad's Heart of Darkness & The Secret by Daniel Moran

By Daniel Moran

The unique CliffsNotes research courses supply specialist observation on significant subject matters, plots, characters, literary units, and historic heritage. the most recent iteration of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, primary format.

In CliffsNotes at the middle of Darkness & the key Sharer, you come back to appreciate how every one of those tales bargains with the ''dark side'' of the human personality. middle of Darkness is a trip up the Congo River to the place an ivory agent, Kurtz, has succumbed to human weak spot and evil, and has disintegrated right into a ugly creature. the key Sharer is an allegorical exam of a timid guy who struggles to stifle the extra actual and hazardous a part of himself. finally, he resolves this duality and turns into extra bold — and, consequently, extra complete.

This concise complement to Joseph Conrad's the center of Darkness & the key Sharer is helping you know the final constitution of the novels, activities and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural views of the writer. beneficial properties that assist you examine include

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While these “knights” may have resorted to the “sword,” they have also passed the “torch,” and, in doing so, made the world a more prosperous and civilized place. ) The narrator knows the men and their ships and speaks of them in a reverential tone. ” Clearly, this vision of Europe as a civilizing and “torch-bearing” force does not accord with Marlow’s portrayal of it in his narrative. While institutions like the Company may ostensibly wish to help the less fortunate peoples of the earth (as Kurtz’s Report to the Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs and his painting in the Accountant’s office 52 CliffsNotes Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and “The Secret Sharer” suggest), Marlow learns that the narrator’s version of imperialism is a lie.

A journalist then accosted Marlow, eager for information about Kurtz. As they talked, the journalist told Marlow that Kurtz could have been a great politician for any party, because he had the charisma and voice to “electrify” large meetings. Marlow gave him Kurtz’s report on “Savage Customs” and the journalist said he would print it. Critical Commentaries: Part 3 37 Marlow thought it necessary to visit Kurtz’s Intended—his fiancée, whose photograph Kurtz had given Marlow on the voyage home. Marlow waited for her in her drawing room until she entered, dressed in mourning.

The Intended sighed and wept. Marlow’s tale is over. On board the Nellie, the anonymous narrator and the other men sit motionless. ” Commentary Throughout Parts 1 and 2 of Heart of Darkness, Kurtz is a shadowy figure whose name is dropped at different times and whose personality and importance eludes both Marlow and the reader. Only after reading Part 3, however, does Kurtz’s overall importance become clear and Conrad’s design show itself; the novel is about the meeting of two men (Marlow and Kurtz) whose existences mirror each other.

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