Heart of Darkness

This essay has a total of 642 words and 5 pages.

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness
By Joseph Conrad

Theme:
The classic theme of good versus evil is found in the novel. . It is represented by the
idea of conflict between the civilize world and the savage world as well as the contrast
of light and darkness. A minor theme is that everyone has their own ‘heart of darkness'
- the belief that within each individual there is an element of evil

Plot:
Exposition:
The exposition serves to introduce the protagonist
Complications:
Though they occur, technically, over a period of six days, the complications oscillate
continuously through Stevens' recollections of the past and descriptions of the present.
In describing recollections, the author builds up to Stevens' emotional realization.

Stevens' description of his father is used to show how he has molded himself in the image
of his father. In gaining the false ideals of ‘dignity' that he speaks of, Stevens' has
become emotionally dead, hiding his feelings behind a mask of excessive professionalism.

The conference is used to highlight Stevens' views on dignity, contrasting his views of it
being associated with emotional restraint and composure with his later views of it being
pride. His father's death foreshadows this change in view.

The silver at Darlington Hall symbolizes Stevens himself, being exceptionally well
polished at the peak of his career, eventually becoming stained by the end. His need to
replace Mr.Farraday's fork symbolizes the change in himself.

Climax:
The climax occurs with Miss Kenton tells Stevens' of how she had loved him. Stevens
reaches a point of realization where he understands that he lost her due to his inability
to communicate his love for her. Had he expressed what he truly felt earlier, they would
not have been separated.



Resolution:
While sitting and talking to the man on the pier, Stevens questions his life, realizing
that his entire method of thinking has been wrong. He realizes that he has not been living
as a human being, but rather as simply a butler.

Characterization:
Continues for 3 more pages >>