Questions tagged [heart-of-darkness]

Questions related to the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness by the Polish-British novelist Joseph Conrad. Use this tag with the [joseph-conrad] tag.

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What in the Congo causes Marlow's need to lie to the Intended and others back at home?

In Heart of Darkness, Marlow comes back after Kurtz's death feeling unsure about the people around him after witnessing the atrocities of the Congo which are not known to the people back at home. ...
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What does "as it will sometimes when you have not a moment to spare for yourself" mean in this passage of Heart of darkness?

In this excerpt from Heart of darkness, by Joseph Conrad, that you can download from Project Gutenberg website, Marlow, the sailor protagonist of the story, is describing his feelings as going up the ...
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What does "between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea" mean in Heart of Darkness?

On the book of Joseph Conrad called Heart of Darkness, page 1, it says "between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea" The problem is that, as far as I understand, he ...
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From a Lacanian perspective, why did Kurtz go mad in Heart of Darkness?

From a Lacanian perspective, what would be the cause of Kurtz's madness? Would it be reasonable to argue that when he was confronted with the "horror" of the colonial project and the way ...
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In Heart of Darkness, why did native Africans love Kurtz?

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, why did native Africans love Kurtz despite his violent nature?
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What does "I were about to set off for the centre of the earth" mean here

This excerpt is from Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. After this I got embraced, told to wear flannel, be sure to write often, and so on—and I left. In the street—I don’t know why—a queer feeling ...
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