Independent Novel Study- ThemeTheme: is the central topic or dilema in the story. The theme directly involves the main character. The story of the Garden of Evil relates to Heart of Darkness in the waythat the themes are similar.
For example the evil that lies within us. Yes I believe that the statement “Evil is Inherent in the Hearts ofMen” is true. Everybody has evil in them although a restriction would haveto be put on the statement to say that evil is inherent in men but it isthe power to overcome the evil. The Quest Myth is about an adventure where the adventurer has somethinghe is looking for or something he has to do that he has not done yet maybeto prove himself. 2.
Heart of Darkness is a very good example of a Quest story. Marlowe isrisking life and limb inorder to fufill his adventure of meeting theinfamous Mr. Kurtz. Along Marlowe’s journey he meets bands of cannibles thatare ever posing a threat to his life.
At the end of Heart of Darkness thestory becomes a Quest of the self. Marlowe is searching deep within himselfto comprehend what he is seeing with Mr. Kurtz and within himself he has toconquor the evil that could take him over. It is a Quest for Marlowe tosearch for his self being. Independent Novel Study-Style1. Irony-Occurs when a set of circumstances turn out very differently fromwhat was expected.
. Foreshadowing-Gives the reader a hint to what will happen later in thestory. Flashback-When they look bac at what they have done before. Point of View-The point the story is told from.
Imagery-When a sentence or passage gives a good picture as to what isgoing on. Archetype-Struggle, Mans struggle for inner innocence. Allegory-A story that has a main theme and a hidden moral. Satire-To make fun of a situation. Diction-refers to style of writing.
1. Throughout the story you thought Marlowe would find Kurtz and he wouldbe the intelligent person he thought he was. Then near the end people startto say that Kurtz is a mad man which is foreshadowing to the end of thestory. 2. The River was the path of his Quest.
Light represents Marlowes inner self and darkness represents the evil that is in Kurtz. Kurtz is representing Marlowe’s Quest. Ivory represents greed. Which causes the evil.
Rusting equipment represents the type of weather Marlowe is having and the time he has spent on his journey. Marlowe’s Boat represents his passion for adventure. 3. The point of view in Heart Of Darkness is told from a first person narrative. 4. The atmosphere is very suspenceful.
Not knowing what is going to happen next. 5. Heart of Darkness is an Allegory of an archetypal story because it shows that you can’t judge people by their reputation only and it also has the hidden moral of Marlowe’s struggle for inner innocence. 6. Conrad’s diction can be very confusing at times.
Conrad seems jump from back and forth in time. His imagery in the novel however is very good for example “of feet stamping, of bodies swaying, of eyes rolling, under the droop of heavy and motionless foliage. ” (Conrad 62). Indepndent Novel Study-Character1. Marlow seems to have a calm, cool temperment. I though he workerd verywell as the narrator of the story.
Although the jumping from past andpresent made it difficult to sustain a clear image. Other than that theaccounts of what happened are usualy best told by the person involved. Forexample the story would lack a lot of detail had it been told by Kurtz orthe Swedish Captain. 2. Kurtz is introduced as a super human being who everyone looks up tobecause of his supirior math skills and he is very articulate. He excitesour interest because everybody talks so high of him we want to explore ourimage of him.
3. Marlow said Kurtz was “Hollow to the Core” because he did not haveanytime for people who were into slacking on the job and holding littleregard for the company. Everything was strictly by the book with Kurtz. Thestatement is true because at the end of the story kutrz does turn out notto have a heart or soul of goodness. 4. Kurtz was a truely remarkable man because of the way he could changehimself from the evil being to such a good guy to people who had never methim.
5. Marlow had a lot of compassion for Kurtz’s fiancee. She was a sweetinnocent girl who did not deserve to have her feelings crushed by whatMarlow could have told her. Marlow could have told her what a truely evilman Kurtz was , how much greed he had and such but he decide it would bebest for her if he lied. Independent Novel Study-Style1.
The structure of the piece is Marlow meeting Kurtz. It is organized fromMarlow knowing really little about Kurtz to the end when Marlow knows morethan he wanted. The tone of the piece is very suspenceful. Certain parts ofthe diction are good, the jumping in and out of past and present make itconfusing.
The central idea is Marlow’s Quest to meet Kurtz. 2. The impact is felt mostly at the end of the story. The sentences andwords were chosen very carefully that make for a definite reponse which issimilar amongst readers. 3. The author certainly does rely on his use of imagery to fill in a lot ofpieces.
Which is good because his imagery is clever and is useful. Theauthor is probably a very visual person. He probably had a verl clearvision of exactly how the story was to go in his mind. 4. The time of the story was late 1800’s. There are numerous passagesdescribing the cannibles along the shores Marlow wassteaming past.
Theworld was very different back then. The importance maintaing purity anddefeating the harmful affects of evil were an every day ritual. This storyreveals a lot about human nature. Symbolism is the use of one object to represent another object or suggestanother object or idea. The symbol can also have more than one meaning. Independent Novel Study- ValueClarification1.
This novel changed my way of think by myself realizing that just becauseI find it easy to maintain somewhat of a pure life other people have moreof a struggle which in this day could branch off and cause numerous socialproblems which go unseen as what has caused them. 2. “This book made me intrigued”3. Marlow changed somewhat during the novel .
He became skeptical of thingstowards the end of the story. Different opinions were hampering Marlow’sfair judgement. 4. He met a person at a station that had a totally different opinion ofKurtz that Marlow had never thought of before. He dealt with it with askeptical view. 5.
Kurtz was definitely the villian in the story. I do not think he waspunished but he got what he deserved. It was not as if Marlow had killedhim for what he had done. 6. If I had to choose one friend from the novel I would choose the Swedishcaptain of the steamer.
I feel we would both hae a lot in common. We bothlove the pilotage of boats through water and the marine way of life. Heart of Darkness VocabularyPg. 57 Ominous-1st paragraph 2nd last sentenceThe high stillness confronted these two figures with its ominous patience.
57 Sagacious-2nd sentenceHis sagacious relative lifted his head. 56 Indignation-5th last sentencehere he got choked by excessive indignation. 95 Vivaciously-2nd paragraph 10th lineThen vivaciously, My faith, your pilot house wants a clean up!109 Appariton-last line 2nd paragraphAnd from right to left along the lighted shore moved a wild and gorgeousapparition of a woman. 98 Unscathed-3rd last lineGlamour urged him on, glamour kept him unscathed. 76 expounded-13th lineI expounded, was from our proximity to a great human passion let loose. 67 languidly-3rd paragraph 3rd linethe stern-wheel flopped languidly,66 repulsive-9th linewith illustrative diagrams and repulsive tables of figures,61 begrimed-10th linecrept the little begrimed steamboat,61 ponderous-6th linereverberating in hollow claps the ponderous beat of the stern-wheel.
52 sordid-2nd paragraph 4th lineTheir talk, however, was the talk of sordid buccaneers:90 serene-10th lineLike a flash of lightening in a serene sky. 91 profundity-15th lineAnd the intimate profundity of that look he gave me when he recieved hishurt remains to this day in my memory. 87 prodigious-10th lineIt made me hold my breath in expectation of hearing the wilderness burstinto a prodigious peal of laughter86 disinterred-11th lineYou should have heard the disinterred body of Mr. Kurtz saying,81 evanescent-2nd paragraph 11th lineleaping, gliding, distinct, incomplete, evanescent. 80 fusillade-14th lineA fusillade burst out under my feet.
78 forbearing-2nd paragraphOne of my hungry and forbearing friends sound in the bows just below me. 64 intrepidity-13th lineHe squinted at the steam gaugeand at the water gauge with an evidentefffort of intrepidity.