A Journey into the Soul in Heart of Darkness
A picture is an abstract idea, brought into context to form
something concrete. They are made up and created to give off some sort of
feeling or mood, that one can relate too. The atmosphere helps determine
what kind of mood the picture will take. Any author, of either a painting
or piece of literature will set the mood by using their atmosphere to
enhance the theme of their creation. In Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
uses mood and atmosphere to help create a portrait called, the journey into
The journey to the soul is to find one's self. Atmosphere pervades
the mood or spirit. The atmosphere aids in revealing the journey to find
one's soul. The setting, "took in the forest, the creek, the mud, the
river-seemed to beckon with a dishonoring flourish before the sunlit face
of land a treacherous appeal to the lurking death, to the hidden evil, to
the profound darkness of its heart." Conrad 54 Conrad does not even mention
their exact location which is very peculiar. The main river was described
in the form a snake. A snake can be looked at from many points of views,
mythological, biblical, literal and metaphorically. The snake represents
all the twists and turns and being able to find one's inner-self is very
difficult and twisted. The snake represents some of the animal imagery in
the novel. Perhaps this is a sign that the jungle is something living and
not just an ordinary jungle.
Literature's imagery helps to show the main idea through a picture
painted in one's mind. Imagery is very insightful and in Conrad's novel
there is a lot of animal and hell imagery that branches together to form
the main theme of the novel, the journey in finding one's self; the soul.
The snake as mentioned before is an image of evil. In biblical times the
snake created the evil in the story of Adam and Eve. The lion is an image
that appears frequently. "He is crawling on all-fours,"Conrad 109 describes
Kurtz as being the ominous, morbid man he is. On another level, it deals
with how everyone has a little bit of lion in them, but one must overcome
this phenomenal and boundless force. This lets the reader relate
themselves to Kurtz and their own journey in finding themselves. Perhaps
there is a little bit of Kurtz in all of us.
The characters in the Heart of Darkness, help depict the theme
throughout their environment. There must be something distinctive to
relate the themes and storyline too, and the characters play that role.
One uniqueness in the novel is that there are only two specific names for
all the characters, Kurtz and Marlow. The rest of the...