Heart of Darkness Test | Final Test - Hard

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Essay Topics

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Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Kurtz is the central character of the novel, though he appears only briefly. Describe what happened to Kurtz. What was he like, and what was his fate? How does he come into play in the book?

Essay Topic 3

“Heart of Darkness” is not divided into chapters, as a traditional novel might be. Why might this be the case? How is its form significant, and how doesit help – or hinder – the reader?

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