Clear your desks for your vocabulary quiz . Vocabulary quiz (20) Found Poems (30) Human suffering: mind or body? (20) Language (Henry’s youtube video). Found Poems. What did you pull out of the three poems on man’s burden? What are your ideas on imperialism?
Clear your desks for your vocabulary quiz.
What did you pull out of the three poems on man’s burden?
What are your ideas on imperialism?
How do you view imperialism?
What evil lurks in the heart of men?
What are the causes, effects and moral implications of European colonialism in the late nineteenth century?
When in history have we seen greed assuaged by human suffering? Is greed assuaged by human suffering ever acceptable?
“‘I always ask leave, in the interests of science, to measure the crania of those going out there,’ he said. ‘ And when they come back too?’ I asked. ‘Oh, I never see them,’ he remarked, ‘and, moreover the changes take place inside, you know.’… ‘Are you an alienist?’ I interrupted. ‘Every doctor should be- a little,’ answered that original imperturbably” (9).
Point of view
· The first narrator speaks in the first-person plural, on behalf of four other passengers who listen to Marlow’s tale. Marlow narrates his story in the first person, describing only what he witnessed and experienced, and providing his own commentary on the story.
· Latter part of the nineteenth century, probably sometime between 1876 and 1892
· Opens on the Thames River outside London, where Marlow is telling the story that makes up Heart of Darkness. Events of the story take place in Brussels, at the Company’s offices, and in the Congo, then a Belgian territory.
· Darkness (very seldom opposed by light), interiors vs. surfaces (kernel/shell, coast/inland, station/forest, etc.), ironic understatement, hyperbolic language, inability to find words to describe situation adequately, images of ridiculous waste, upriver vs. downriver/toward and away from Kurtz/away from and back toward civilization (quest or journey structure)
· Rivers, fog, women (Kurtz’s Intended, his African mistress), French warship shelling forested coast, grove of death, severed heads on fence posts, Kurtz’s “Report,” dead helmsman, maps, “white sepulcher” of Brussels, knitting women in Company offices, man trying to fill bucket with hole in it
· Permeates every moment of the narrative—mostly operates on the level of imagery, which is consistently dark, gloomy, and threatening