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What color is the fog in "Heart of Darkness"?

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Brisage | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 20, 2008 at 1:38 PM via web

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What color is the fog in "Heart of Darkness"?

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lit24 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 21, 2008 at 2:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Chapter II

The colour of the fog is white, "When the sun rose there was a white fog, very warm and clammy and more blinding than the night."

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 22, 2008 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Surprisingly, the first time the fog is mentioned, no color is given. However, as the narrative proceeds, we're specifically told that the fog is white. It also seems solid at that point. In fact, we're told: "When the sun rose there was a white fog, very warm and clammy, and more blinding than the night. It did not shift or drive; it was just there, standing all round you like something solid." That indicates that whiteness restrains action in this novel, making the fog a metaphor.

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tedygurl | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 30, 2008 at 5:46 AM (Answer #2)

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white

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gilesp | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 10, 2009 at 7:32 PM (Answer #3)

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Rather interestingly, even though we are assured the fog is literal and there, it seems to heighten the passage of the riverboat into the unknown, and seems to draw a cloak between attacker and defender in the ambush. This could show the power of this "darkness" against the exploits of colonialism, and how that no matter how much a claim is made on land (through Leopold II of Belgium), the physical existance has no master or controller, but is at peace to waft at its own pace and will. This showcases the arrogance and hubris of the Pilgrims in their asusumed conquest of the region without contest.

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