RSS

Getting Back to the Heart of the Matter

15 Jul

« Prev   Next »

So, it turns out that Heart of Darkness (where they believe in a thing called love) is actually fairly short (I’m about 2/3 of the way through it already – though it helps that it’s not Dracula), and yet there are still minor characters who are written with an accent. Not too bad so far though.

There’s quite an interesting framing device, in that the story is told by a narrator, who is listening to a story told by another character (named Marlow). There’s an overall impression that the tale is, while not necessarily outright false, somewhat… aggrandised, though it’s not always clear who’s behind this. Let me give an example: a character is recorded as saying something. The reader discovers that this statement is false. Who was lying? The character? Marlow saying that was what the character said? Or the narrator relating Marlow’s tale?

Generally, Marlow’s tale seems to be building towards disillusionment, in that he has traveled to “dark places” (in this case, darkest Africa, up a river in the Congo) out of curiosity – a desire to find out what is beyond the edge of the map – but he seems to be finding that the other people there are only interested in exploiting the resources of a place out of the reach of traditional societal controls.

I guess I’ll find out.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Heart of Darkness

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s