Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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In the novel, Heart of Darkness, what is the Chapman Lighthouse and what does it represent in the story?

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The Chapman Lighthouse is mentioned at the very beginning of the book. It formerly stood on the Canvey Island in the Thames. Canvey Island has been lived on since Roman times in England.

The lighthouse serves the purpose of reinforcing the ways in which the Romans brought light and civilization to what was formerly the darkness of England. Marlow comments that England "has been one of the dark places of the earth," implying that England, before the Romans, was full of darkness and brutality. The...

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