- Principles of modernism at work in HoD:
- Primitivism—1643, 1655-47.
- The unconscious mind:
Dramatization of the psyche: superego, ego, id
- The setting at the opening of the novel:
- The stops Marlow makes:
Marlow visits his aunt; then he crosses the English channel.
Returns to say goodbye to his aunt (1625-26)
On 1627 he is en route and sees a
2nd stop: Outer Station
Finds Towson's book, loses his helmsman, meets the Russian.
Inner Station, Kurtz:
POINT: K =
POINT: M's journey =
Discuss the end of paragraph 1 on page 1620 (from "The
yearns of seamen" to "the spectral illumination of moonshine
- "whited sepulcher"—1623.
- "like a lot of faithless pilgrims"—1634
- Kurtz's name: he is just a word to Marlow on 1638;
means short in German but K looks 7 feet long on 1664 (breaking the Saussurean
- cannibalism on 1649
- References to women appear on 1623, 1624, 1626, 1630,
1655, 1665, 1671, and 1675ff. Do you agree with Johanna M. Smith that "the
whole of his [Marlow's] story is seen to be a manful effort to shore up
imperialism through patriarchy, through the nineteenth-century ideology of
separate spheres"? (The quotation is from her essay "'Too Beautiful
Altogether': Patriarchal Ideology in Heart of Darkness."
- According to Marlow, how does one overcome darkness?
- What do you make of Kurtz's report on 1656-57?
- What does the presence of the Russian add in section III
- What do you make of "The horror!" on 1673? What does
Kurtz mean? Is Marlow right to call it "a moral victory"?
- Marlow lies to Kurtz's fiancée, the Intended. What do
you make of this?
- What has Marlow learned from his experience?