Heart of Darkness part 2

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  • In his novel, Heart of Darkness, author, Conrad, utilizes vivid imagery, syntax and Marlow's point of view in order to illustrate the horrors of war and death on the journey to wealth.
  • Imagery: This vivid description of the attack illustrates the chaos of the war between Marlow and the natives. “Sticks, little sticks, were flying about- thick: they were whizzing before my nose, dropping below me, striking behind me against my pilot house” (40).
  • Syntax: Marlow's short and quick sentences indicate that he is scared and everything is happening so quickly. “What? Another snag! A fusillade burst out under my feet. The Pilgrims had opened with their winchesters, and were simply squirting lead into that bush. A deuce of a lot of smoke came up and drove slowly forward. I swore at it” (41).
  • Imagery/POV: This description illustrates the dangerous condition the steamboat is in while also displaying Marlow's POV as he jumps into action and gets his crew to safety. “I glanced over my shoulder, and the pilot house was yet full of noise and smoke when I made a dash at the wheel” (41).
  • POV: Shows how shocked and frightened Marlow is at seeing the dying helmsman. “He looked at me anxiously, gripping the spear like something precious, with an air of being afraid I would take it away from him. I had to make an effort to free my eyes from his gaze and attend to the steering” (42).
  • "Oh! he was heavy, heavy; heavier than any man on earth, I should imagine. Then without more ado I tipped him overboard. The current snatched him as though he had been a wisp of grass, and I saw the body roll over twice before I lost it forever" (46-47).
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