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Darkness as Symbolism in "Heart of Darkness"

Summary: Joseph Conrad uses the idea of darkness in "Heart of Darkness" as symbolism that changes depending upon the context in which it is used. Darkness represents mystery or adventure at one point, then it becomes a symbol of change. Later, it's a symbol for the dark side of mankind and humans' blindness toward others.
The "Heart of Darkness," written by Joseph Conrad in 1899 as a short story, is about two men who face their own identities as what they consider to be civilized Europeans and the struggle to not to abandon their themselves and their morality once they venture into the "darkness." The use of "darkness" is in the book's title and in throughout the story and takes on a number of meanings that are not easily understood until the story progresses. As you read the story you realize that the meaning of "darkness" is not something that is constant but changes depending on the context it used.

In one context, Marlow the protagonist of Heart of Darkness uses the word "darkness" when reminiscing about his boyhood dreams of exploring undiscovered places on the map. Marlow referred to the places on the map that were uncharted and...

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