Heart of Darkness Questions and Answers
by Joseph Conrad

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Identify elements of the plot, including exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in Heart of Darkness.

In Heart of Darkness, the exposition shows the protagonist, Marlow, on a ship. The rising action is when Marlow learns of the natives' discontent with the Europeans. The climax occurs when Marlow discovers Kurtz and his unconventional mode of living among the natives. The falling action is when Marlow sees Kurtz dying aboard a boat en route of the Congo, and the resolution is Marlow's visit to Kurtz's widow.

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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness begins on a boat outside of London. The chief protagonist is Marlow, who works for an ivory trading company. The setting shifts to the African Congo, which had been a Belgian territory during the late-nineteenth century. Marlow takes a boat to visit Kurtz, who has been in charge of an inland portion of this African territory.

The rising action surrounds Marlow's...

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