Objects & Places from Heart of Darkness

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The setting for the beginning of the story, and Marlow’s country of origin.


The general area from which the trading companies operate; Marlow is very careful about not being too specific in which area he set out from, or which country ran the trading post for whom he worked.


The region to which Marlow travels, where Kurtz is waiting. Much ivory is to be found here, making it a lucrative investment for foreign traders. Marlow was fascinated by the river cutting through it as a young boy.


The most expensive and plentiful commodity to be found in Africa, which is what has brought so many white men there. Marlow remarks at the trading post that everybody there hungers for it.

The Ship

Marlow’s vessel, not to be confused with “The Nellie” later on. Damaged at one point, Marlow nevertheless gets the ship...

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