Heart of Darkness Questions and Answers
In the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, what are three examples from the text that show how Conrad's experiences working in the jungles of the Congo are revealed through Marlow's opinions and actions, blurring the line between the author and the character?
In Heart of Darkness, what does Kurtz mean by his final words at the end of his writings when he writes "exterminate all the brutes"?
Marlow says, “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or who have slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.” Is Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, a criticism of colonialism?
In Heart of Darkness, outside Kurtz's home are some decorative poles topped with balls. No fence connects them. What do you think they are?
In Heart of Darkness, why does Marlow lie to Kurtz’s fiancée about Kurtz’s last words? Why not tell her the truth, or tell her that Kurtz had no last words, rather than confirming her sentimental ideas about Kurtz?
Discuss Kurtz's last words in Heart of Darkness. What is their significance? How does Marlow interpret them?
Identify elements of the plot, including exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in Heart of Darkness.
In the novel Heart Of Darkness, what are some difficulties and obstacles which must be overcome to attain the goal?
Many works of literature feature characters who have been given a literal or figurative gift. The gift may be an object, or it may be a quality such as uncommon beauty, significant social position, great mental or imaginative faculties, or extraordinary physical powers. Yet this gift is often also a burden or a handicap. Describe how Kurtz or Marlow from Heart of Darkness has been given a gift that is both an advantage and a problem. Analyze the complex nature of the gift and how the gift contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole.
In one section of Heart of Darkness, the narrator and his companions are sailing on the River Thames near London, England. What does Marlow mean when he says in paragraph 2 that England "has been one of the dark places of earth"?
For what different reasons do the cannibal crewmen and the pilgrims object to Marlow's disposal of the dead helmsman?
Examine the meaning of, "We live in the flicker—may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling."
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