Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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In Heart of Darkness, what color is the fog that engulfs Marlow's steamboat on the river?

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As Marlow's boat is eight miles away from the inner station, he encounters a white fog. He describes the fog as "more blinding than the night," and he describes it descending around the ship as tightly as a shutter. It blocks out the land that surrounds the boat, and when Marlow and his crew hear people on the banks making loud noises, the crew fears that they will be slaughtered in the fog.

The white fog represents Marlow's blindness and the blindness of the other white Europeans who have come to the Congo in search of ivory. Just as the white fog obscures the banks, the whites who have come to...

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The fog that engulfs Marlows' steamboat on the river is white. The fog distorts Marlows vision. White in general is usually pictured as "good" or "pure" but in Heart of Darkness light obscures the truth and makes it difficult to see true intentions. White is an outter cover, a banket that humans created to hide the dark black truth about the savage nature of man. For example the companies headquarters in Brussels is referred to as a "whited seplecure" The whited seplechure is referenced in Mathews biblical book and in it he describes a whited seplecure as something that is white and beautiful on the outside but contains horrors within.

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