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What is a good example of symbolism in Heart of Darkness?

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Heart of Darkness is very dense with symbolic language and themes, and much of Marlow's story is not intended to be literal but instead an evocation of the feelings he gained from traveling into the jungle. One good example is Marlow's shoes; after the helmsman is killed, Marlow's shoes are filled with his blood and Marlow becomes desperate to get them off.

To tell you the truth, I was morbidly anxious to change my shoes and socks. 'He is...

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