Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Why is Heart of Darkness structured into three parts? How is the organization of the storytelling significant?

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Heart of Darkness is a novella, told in flashback, which chronicles a man's journey and return from literal and figurative darkness. It's three-part structure follows the narrator, Marlow, as he leaves London, England for a job deep in the Congo, meets the enigmatic Kurtz there, and returns to England a changed person. Through this structure, the novel explores the effects imperialism has on both the domineering country and the native persons.

The first part of the journey follows Marlow as he prepares for his job. He travels to the Outer Station, where he must remain, as the boat he needs is literally under water. Here he notices the inefficiency and waste of the Englishmen....

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