Heart of Darkness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Essay Topics

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Essay Topic 1

Though the novel focuses on explorers, other sailors, in other situations, also permeate the book. Compare and contrast the experiences of at least two of these roles.

Essay Topic 2

The trading company is a strict hierarchical society. Describe the hierarchy of the trading company, and give descriptions of various characters we encounter in the novel and how they fit into the hierarchy. Why is this hierarchy necessary? How is it visible – or invisible?

Essay Topic 3

Marlow repeatedly describes his interactions with Kurtz as the ‘nightmare of his own choosing’. How is his experience nightmarish? How does he transform? Compare/contrast him after his experience, as compared to before.

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