Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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In an essay for Heart of Darkness, how do I relate an assigned thesis about character related motifs to the story? We are given five character related motifs, and we have to choose two of them. We are...

In an essay for Heart of Darkness, how do I relate an assigned thesis about character related motifs to the story?

We are given five character related motifs, and we have to choose two of them. We are now asked to use the two character motifs as our thesis in the essay. The two character motifs I chose are:

- A compulsion within the protagonist which drives her or him to the completion of the quest.

- An awareness in the protagonist that she or he has been transformed somehow as a result of the quest.

My third choice is:

- Difficulties and obstacles which must be over come in order to attain the goal.

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If there is a structure or some type of rubric to help guide the construction of the essay, I think that you will need to refer to that as your launching point.  Additionally, I have always advocated that when having difficulty with a particular task, it would be very beneficial if you were able to speak to the instructor in some capacity to obtain their feedback as to what is being summoned from you.  In terms of the details given, I guess I am unclear about where you...

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