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  • In his 1899 novel, Heart of Darkness, author Joseph Conrad utilizes dark imagery a symbol in order to illustrate Kurtz as the darkness that overcomes Marlow.
  • Conrad uses dark diction and juxtaposes Marlow's meeting with Kurtz with the river in order to illustrate that not only is the river the "heart of darkness", but so is Kurtz.
  • "...forest was gloomy... shadow had fallen on the water... water being deepet near the bank..."(40)
  • Marlow invites Kurtz to come on the ship with him
  • "... her outlines blurred as through she had been on the point of dissolving, a misty strip of water... The rest of the world was no where...just no where..." 
  • Conrad uses diction; words such as dissolving, misty, "the world was no where" to show Marlow loosing his grip on reality as he spends more time with Kurtz.
  • "We wouldn't be able to tell where we were going to - whether up or down stream..."
  • Marlow knows that continuing to sail into the fog is dangerous but continues and seems to loose grip of reality
  • "The horror, the horror!"
  • Conrad uses suspense in Kurtz's last words to foreshadow that more bad things are to come and Marlow will further decay
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