Heart of Darkness Symbols & Objects

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The Thames River

This is the body of water at the mouth of which the Heart of Darkness is narrated at dusk.

The Nellie

This is a cruising yawl, a private yacht on which the narrator and his companions are traveling when they come to rest and the narrator tells his tale.

The Company

This is the ‘concern’ that has business on the Congo River, which leads Marlow to Kurtz.

Coastline of Africa

This is the first Marlow sees of the continent, and it is a monotonous expanse. A man-of-war sends shells into the forest without any effect.

The Company’s station

This is the first place where Marlow experiences life ashore in Africa. It is a place defined by chaos and muddle, as raw materials and manufactured goods are sent into the interior, in exchange for a trickle of ivory that is sent out.

The Congo River

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