Heart Of Darkness Symbolism Essay

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The symbolism used by Joseph Conrad in his novel, Heart of Darkness, helps to make this an exceptional rather than a mediocre story. The main character, Marlow, embarks upon an assignment in Africa for " The Company" to retrieve Kurtz, a rogue employee. This setting is crucial to the story's development. Marlow's excursion along the river, in the jungle, and through the African landscape symbolize an internal journey for him. The trip up the Congo River is a difficult one because the current is extremely strong and always pushing them back down the river toward civilization, away from their destination. This symbolizes the internal struggle Marlow faces because he does not want to move forward into the evil of the land or himself but he knows

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