The protagonist of the book, Multiword, learns how people and the economy work and also makes discoveries about his own sense of self. This story is so timeless because it tells the story of this man’s literal Journey, which serves as a Journey to really discover who he Is as a person, who he is to become, and how he can be a better version of himself. The narrator gives us this sneak peak. Which Is almost intrusive, into Mullion’s personal take on his own discovery of self. Although Heart of Darkness seems to be yet another coming of age story, it is set apart from the other’s because of the language and syntax and the structure the novel is told in. First off, the story is told in the perspective of a third party narrator who tells the audience what Marrow Is saying. This dynamic Is like one never seen before because of the use of this somewhat pointless person serving as the storyteller of a person who Is telling a story.
This third party narrator gives the novel a historic and timeless story feel, such as an Aesop fable or one of Grime’s fairytale. The audience feels like they’re witnessing a traditional story, such as one that has passed through many generations and changed with time. The structural layout of the novel makes it feel like an immersing and all-inclusive experience, as the reader continues and follows Marrows Journey. As a reader It Is interesting to wonder if the true narrator has any blabs toward this story.
If the narrator had some sort of bias or preference within the Tory, It would warp the story. Stories always change through the way they are told because, unless read out of a book, no two people will tell the story the same. In part II, Marrow’s story even gets interrupted by one of the shipmates calling the story somewhat blasphemous and unbelievable. This interruption is abrupt and shows a chop in the previously very fluid story. The way in which Heart of Darkness is told makes the book dynamic, Interesting, and more complex than most other stories of a voyage to find oneself.
The language in the book Is also something to be reckoned tit because of its need for higher-level thinking and further analysis. All of the words that Marrow speaks to his shipmates can be analyzed for a further, underlying meaning. If a reader can think deeper about some of the language and experience Marrow comes upon, they will find that this novel is not only dark and dreary, but also ominously humorous. Marrow is classified as a wandering seaman, yet his diction resembles that of someone who Is highly educated; he speaks phrases that are carefully constructed and clever, outwitting most of the men he comes upon.
In part I s Marrow journeys up the Congo, he comes upon a white accountant and discreetly criticizes him by saying, miss; I respected his collars, his vast cuffs, his brushed hair. His appearance was certainly that of a hairdresser’s dummy; but in the great demutualization of the land he kept up his appearance. ” Joseph Conrad, the author, is decay, yet he manages to look pristine and kept. This part illustrates Marrows first consideration of the difference between white man and black man, leading him to question who really is the savage one.
The language and the structure of the story all intrigue to a final point, the underlying symbolism of Heart of Darkness. One of the most obvious of symbols is water, which is pushing Multiword through this Journey. Ere water also serves as a place of life, as Marrow and men are surrounded by the death in Congo. In most literature light relates to a civilized community or purity and dark denotes savagery. However, Conrad often depicts many things usually associated with light to be dark creating an ongoing oxymoron with glittering light shed on dark images.
The traditional view of white as good and black as evil is introduced when Marrow gets to the Outer Station where, for the first time, he becomes familiar with life in the Congo. His first impression of the “black fellows” immediately suggests the savageness of the Africans: “They shouted, sang; their bodies streamed with perspiration; they had faces like grotesque masks – these chaps; but they had bone, muscle, a wild vitality, an intense energy of movement… “. Ere narrator feels comfort while looking at them, because he knows these black men are wild and therefore occupy a lower social level than he does.
Concord’s frequent hemolytic combination of life and death is a parallel to light and dark, echoing the fact that the two must exist simultaneously. This teaches the reader that there cannot be darkness without light nor light without darkness. This short novel uses three very strong and prominent components to pull it’s readers in very effectively. Every sentence, theme, and moment is carefully constructed to add to the plot, while never being too indulgent. Through the use of symbolism, diction, and story telling Joseph Concord’s Heart of Darkness immerses the reader in one man’s Journey to become a better man.