In Heart of Darkness, who is the narrator at the beginning of the story?
Using this type of frame has several effects. It establishes the basic orality of the narrative. There is no indication that Marlow has written out his story for others to read; rather, he is telling a tale to which the others are listening.
Positioning Marlow as a yarn-spinner also adds an element of uncertainty: is he relating his story truthfully, or is he exaggerating or downright lying to create an effect for his audience? Did the...
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an unnamed person on docked boat, The Nellie