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Heart of Darkness3





Setting: The author placed the novel’s setting on a stream boat on a river near
London. "The Nellie, a cruising yawl, swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails,
and was at rest" (1). Then the narrator tells his story in a flash back which he tells
about Marlow’s experiences in the African jungle specifically on the Congo river.
The majority of the story is told in flash back about the voyage in to the heart of
darkness.

Characters: The central character is obviously Marlow. He is a man of modesty and courage,
which are not stereotypical traits of a sailor which he has become. The book focuses
morally on his personal character and then describes to the norm of the rest of the world.
The character that Marlow becomes obsessed with later is Kurtz. He is a mysterious dark
man who made money trading ivory down the Congo river. "'In the interior you will no doubt
meet Mr. Kurtz.' On my asking who Mr. Kurtz was, he said he was a first-class agent" (85)
here Marlow is talking to a captain and first finds out about Kurtz. Later he finds out
that he transports ivory. Among other insignificant characters on the boat deck of the
Nellli were a lawyer and an accountant. Their role seemed as only to be and audience to
Marlow and the other unnamed narrator.


Point of View: The point of view is from Marlow, but the tale is told from a nameless
observer. This is the reason why the novel is in third person, and Marlow’s is
refereed to also in third person. Marlow sat cross-legged right aft, leaning against the
mizzenmast. He had sunken cheeks, a yellow complexion, a straight back, an ascetic aspect,
and, with his arms dropped, the palms of hands outwards, resembled an idol. (69) Also the
previous quote shows a honest virtue by being compared to as someone to look up to.


Action: The story begins with Marlow and four other characters on a boat in the Thames
river. The story line then goes into a flashback, and tells Marlow’s story of his
adventures in the Congo. He has a connection to become a steam boat captain, but when he
arrives at the first station he finds out that his boat is at the bottom of the river.
Also Marlow has to rise the boat and repair it with inferior tools. "That, and the repairs
when I brought the pieces to the station, took some months (79)." For it to take so long
it must have been second rate help and labor. Marlow secretly hears about a man names
Kurtz and become interested in him. He wanted to know about how he became such a good
successful ivory trader. One day the boat was traveling down the river and they were
attacked by natives. [H]e,[the helmsman] became instantly the prey of an abject funk, and
would let that cripple of a steamboat (106)." Finally they arrive at the inner station,
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