Can you discuss the narrative technique in Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad?

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Karyth Cara | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The narrative technique is a simple one in that first person narration is used. The technique is a complex one in that there is a narration within a narration as the frame narrator retells the story that was told to him by Marlowe. Thus there are two settings, two chronological sequences and two narrators. Additionally, the chronology turns backward on itself through flashbacks from time to time depending upon which narrator is speaking of which period of time when.