Heart of Darkness Anticipation Guide Heart write down
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Heart of Darkness Anticipation Guide Heart – write down all the connections you can make to ‘heart’ – what does it mean, what alternative interpretations can you make of heart? Darkness – write down all the connections you can make to darkness’ – what does it mean, what alternative interpretations can you make? Are you afraid of the dark? Heart of Darkness – Draw a picture of your Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness Reading Guide Shmoop: We've got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you'll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest) Heart of Darkness = (7) Snow Line Sorry, guys. This one's a toughie. Not only are the plot, themes, and motivation a little obscure (maybe even dark), but the language isn't exactly easy, either. Check out this set of sentences from the beginning of the novel: Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound. The old river in its broad reach rested unruffled at the decline of day, after ages of good service done to the race that peopled its banks, spread out in the tranquil dignity of a waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth. We looked at the venerable stream not in the vivid flush of a short day that comes and departs for ever, but in the august light of abiding memories. (1. 4 -6) Translation: the river continued to flow, but it looked different after the sun went down. All right, come back. Before you give up, consider this: English was Conrad's third language, and he couldn't even speak it well until he was in his twenties. (Polish and French are numbers one and two. ) If he could churn out prose like this in his third language, surely you can read it in your first or second. Right? Author: _____________ Published: ______ Background Info (notes on author, awards, genre, literary movement, etc. ).
Heart of Darkness Reading Guide Historical Context – What do you need to know?
Outer Station: Central Station: Inner Station: Track Marlowe’s journey. What does he see at each station?
I’ve told you to always pay attention to colors, numbers, and names. As you read, make note of the ALL the names - people & places - and write down everything you know about them. Does their name mean anything? Marlowe Names
Throughout the novella, images contrast light and dark. The title Heart of Darkness focuses on the dark. What is the corresponding light? How do the two forces interplay? What do they represent? Light vs. Dark
Heart of Darkness is about a journey into Africa. When we first meet Marlowe, he is sitting on a ship in the Thames – “the biggest and greatest town on earth. ” England: the center of the “civilized” world – the heart (sorry) of white power and wealth. He travels to Africa and sees the “savages. ” Savage? As an adjective, it means of an animal or force of nature - fierce, violent, and uncontrolled, wild and untamed. As a noun, savage refers to a person regarded as primitive and uncivilized – a barbarian. Makes notes contrasting the civilized vs. the savage. Who falls into each category? How are they described? Who is really savage, and who is really civilized? CIVILIZED SAVAGE Savage vs. Civilized
“I wish I had a river I could skate away on…. ” Joni Mitchell “The river of deceit pulls down - The only direction we flow is down - Down, oh down…” Mad Season Rivers are murky and deep. They can flow swiftly or slowly. What is the imagery of the River in Heart of Darkness? What does it mean? The River
In Beloved, Sethe wonders, “Other people went crazy, why couldn't she? ” Find examples of madness in Heart of Darkness. Who is crazy? What does it mean? Does everyone see madness the same way? Are the ones defined as crazy actually the crazy ones? What is Conrad saying is crazy in this world? Madness
Literature is a dialogue. Every work speaks to each of us differently. Different passages will resonate with each of us based on what we bring to the story. What words resonate with you? As you’re reading, make note of passages that speak to you. Note the page and paragraph, and reflect on these words. Why did they strike such an emotional chord with you? What are the multiple layers of meaning in this passage and how do they connect to the meaning of the work as a whole? AT LEAST 5 QUOTES on this page!!! Quotes