The title Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, suggests the endless darkness, however, the foundation of the darkness is light. Also, May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald, literal meaning of the title is opposite from the meaning of the story. When most people hear the phrase “May Day”, the first thought cross mind Is the French Word Mealier, which means help, however, during the story, mayday Is not the help; It Is a helplessness and hopelessness.
In a word, the literal meaning of Heart of Darkness ells the reader is about darkness, but in the story the resource of darkness is love, which is from light side. And May Day in general meaning is help, however, the motion from this story is helpless and hopeless. In Heart of Darkness, In lots of readers’ opinion Mr.. Kurt Is an evil man, because he Is a disaster for natives. The Harlequin offers this comment to Marrow about Kurt, “You can not judge Mr.. Kurt as you would an ordinary man” (56) Mr..
Kurt killed natives to get the ivory to sell, Mr.. Kurt ‘*was not afraid of the natives”(58) because Mr.. Quartz’s “ascendancy was extraordinary. The camps of these people surrounded the place and the chiefs came every day to see him. They would crawl. “(58) And the station is not as Mr.. Kurt said It Is “a beacon on the road towards better things, a centre for trade of course but also for humbugging, Improving, Instructing. ” (32) The truth about the station Is a station of death. Even the In Harlequins’ opinion Kurt “has enlarged my mind” (54).
And Quartz’s action also shows the reader that “the conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a efferent complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much” (7). Because of Quartz’s behavior, most of people think he Is evil, because of his bloodiness and ambitious, he was so temporaries to get the ivory even killed the natives. However, Mr.. Kurt is “a remarkable man”(70). The reason why Mr.. Kurt, a star agency of Company who works in true ivory country, went to Africa and killed natives to get ivories to pleasure his fiance©e.
In a word, Mr.. Kurt kill people because of love. Mr.. Kurt was an ambitious and charismatic person, which because Mr.. Kurt “All Europe contributed to the making of Kurt, and by and by I learned that most appropriately the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs had entrusted him with the making of a report for Its future Somehow, In Mr.. Quartz’s deep heart, he “struggled with a soul”(66) and “being alone in the wilderness” (66). In Mr.. Quartz’s heart “the night did not seem to last an hour, everything! Everything! Of love too! “(55) Before Mr..
Kurt die, it is obvious that Mr.. Kurt felt regret about killing people, at least we know Mr.. Quartz’s “soul was mad” (66). Mr.. Kurt kept saying “horror, horror”(69). After all, Mr.. Kurt “was the expression of some sort of In Mr.. Quartz’s deep heart, he knew he was doing the wrong love is pure and divine. In another hand Mr.. Kurt is remarkable man, the reason he got into darkness is love. Therefore, the Heart of Darkness is not darkness, but light side actually. According to the situation of the centre station and the behavior of Quartz’s, we can say Mr..
Kurt was an evil man, because he killed lots of natives to get the ivory; he caused death and it Just like “exterminate all the brutes” (50), it is horrible, therefore, he title is heart of darkness. However, in my opinion, Mr.. Kurt was a remarkable man, Kurt did not want to kill people, however, there is no another choice, Kurt got the ivory for pleasuring his fiance©e, in another word, the basic reason to kill natives is the “inextinguishable light of belief and love” (74), and the love is took the most part in Mr..
Quartz’s mind, so it is the light side, therefore, the foundation of darkness is light. Rhea title May Day from F. Scott Fitzgerald, have some different meanings, however, most people hear the phrase “May Day’, the first thought cross mind is French word Madder, which means help. In Fitzgerald book, Gordon Street, an insolvent man, Anted get help from his old friend Dean Phil who is the “only man he can turn to in matter like this” (11) frankly. However, unexpectedly, Dean turned Gordon down. Also, Mr..
Gordon would rather to kill himself than face his marriage with a low-class Oman. Mr.. Gordon had nothing but “the dusky gray shadows in the corner of the room and at a raw place on a large leather chair in the corner where it had long been in use” (93). Therefore, Mr.. Gordon has not get help from others, and all the things in rant of him are endless darkness, hopelessness and helplessness. Because Mr.. Gordon did not get any help from others, Mr.. Gordon choose suicide to end of his helpless, hopeless and dark life.
En Gordon thought Dean was “the only man I can trust” (9), however, Dean even did “not want to hear” (11). From the situation, the only friend that Gordon had did not want to hear his experience. That was the first time that Gordon felt the helplessness. And the second time, that Dean “took a five-dollar bill from his wallet and tossed it over to Gordon” (16). At this point, two of friends, Gordon and Dean, ‘quite suddenly and definitely hated each other” (17), in Cordon’s mind, a person who tosses money over you is not called friend.
Even Gordon faced his low-class wife, Gordon thought he was a “damn miserable” and “awful mess”, and Gordon told his Knife “the best thing you can do is to pretend not to know’ (46) him. In Cordon’s mind, even “love is fragile” (48), and “perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love words, the tenderness’s learned, re treasured up for the next lover” (48). This time Gordon not Just felt the helplessness, and he can felt the extreme hopelessness led on him.
For Gordon, sometimes maybe the death is the best way to solute all the problems, but death is not the only way to go, if he get some help. Before Gordon suicide he knew “the Unhealthy, happy sun glittered in transient gold though the thick windows of the smart shops, lighting upon mesh bags and purses and strings of pearls in gray velvet cases; upon gaudy feather fans of many colors; upon the laces and silks of expensive reuses; upon the bad paintings and the fine period furniture in the elaborate show rooms of interior decorators” (19) are not for him, compare those fantastic things then he choose to suicide to end his hopeless and dark life.
Mayday as an international distress sign means help, also in this book, Mr.. Gordon Anted to get some help from his friend and the society, however, the friend and society all let him down. Therefore, Cordon’s life was worse than “dizzy with the extreme maudlin happiness that the morning had awakened in their glowing souls. Indeed, so fresh and vigorous was their pleasure in living that they felt it should be expressed by loud cries” (84). No one can image how hopeless that life can be when Ho use laugh to instead sorrow.
So in this moment, mayday is not for help, it means helplessness and hopelessness, so Gordon ended his own life. From the two books, May Day and Heart of Darkness, they both show the reader that the literal meaning are opposite to the real meaning in the story, May Day is not help n the story, it is a sign of helplessness and hopelessness, and the Heart of Darkness s not come from the darkness but light side, Heart of Darkness is based on the pure love, belief and light.
And the titles like a coin, because every coin has two sides, so does the title, at the literal side, they suggest the help or darkness, on the another side, the meaning of titles are represent to helplessness or pure love, belief and light side.