4 people on the beginning boat besides the narrator
director of companies, the lawyer, marlow, the accountant
Marlow sitting like Buddha suggests he is:
"glamour is off"...
river is compared to:
a snake = evil he is fascinated with the river like a bird is with a snake -->he is in danger and the river will consume him
"the snake had charmed me" is:
aunt lives in:
previous captain of the boat who died over a black hen
grass growing between bones means
nature always carries on
Brussels reminded Marlow of a
whited sepulchre -- beautiful on outside but rotten on inside
what real person had been in the congo at this time?
women knitting black wool foreshadows:
that Marlow's fate will be entwined with the natives
what color on the map is marlow going to?
woman with skinny forefinger beckons him like beckoning him to:
foreshadowing of death in waiting room:
knitting black wool, woman with skinny forefinger, woman with cat, knitting burial shroud, thought he should say: "Ave! Morituri te salutant"
doctor measures Marlow's _______
avoid irritation as much as you can avoid the sun
French man of war is:
dying of fevers (nature is winning)
Sweedish man just gave a ride to someone who:
hanged himself (nature wins)
rusting machinery shows
when marlow sees the natives he does what to show his compassion?
gives them a biscuit
who does marlow meet that is wearing all white to show his evil?
the company accountant (dressed up even though it is very hot)
who do you hear the name kurtz from first?
the company accountant
flies buzzing symbolize:
the europeans brought a lot of machinery in an attempt to what?
civilize the natives
the fact that the chief accountant does not wear a hat signifies what?
he is not a gentleman
don't know what we need to know...just in my notes
who is called "hollow"?
central station manager
the hut burning and the hole in the pail signify what?
man's incompetence and nature winning
why is the WHITE fog bad?
it is as blinding as the darkness
what are the members of the boat paid with?
brass wires that are worth nothing
cannibals surprise marlow by what?
not eating humans when they are starving which shows they are civilized and have a sense of restraint
what is the religious journey/god for the pilgrims?
ivory and money
what does the brickmaker do?
spy for the csm
what does the picture that kurtz painted look like?
has a woman with a sinister looking and sombre face draped and blindfolded carrying a torch against a black background
the light in the painting =
to bring civilization
the sinister face of the painting shows...
the journey has only evil intent
candlelight has what significance?
it is easily extinguished, symbolizes truth and enlightenment, the light is weak and the dark is overpowering -->enlightenment is easily extinguished
csm is compared to what?
paper mache [slash some people say my head is too big for my body]
supplies rotting on shore =
incompetence of white people
Marlow doesn't like pilgrims so he spends his time with who instead?
blue collar men
widower with 6 kids and a passion for pigeon flying
looking for gold, the head is the uncle of the CSM, raping land
uncle of CSM
reminds Marlow of a butcher in a poor neighborhood [big, white bloody apron]
a story is related in the manner in which a narrator experiences it
the reverting back to your primitive self in times of stress [fight or flight/are we good or bad?]
cannibals: ultimate savages but act the most civilized, manager, pilgrims
white people =
phantoms in the environment
what is the book from the Russian man a symbol of?
knowledge and civilization which Marlow misses
examples of impressionism:
hearing convo in Marlow's sleep
being shot at by natives with arrows
puddle of blood soaks into Marlow's shoes -->
he throws them overboard [shoes = protection and civilization]
Kurtz's head like
an ivory ball
2 types of people that can survive the darkness
1. fools-too stupid to understand the darkness
2. saints-blind to anything dark, above the darkness
International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs
want to get rid of the native culture, Kurtz wrote a 17 page report on the society
whites have responsibility to use their powers to bring goodness and enlightenment to better native lives, "exterminate all the brutes"
"exterminate all the brutes"
Marlow is afraid that he will become like this
helmsman's respectful burial
in the water
at the inner station, a fence has
skulls on it [ivory]
dressed in all colors = reminicent of colored map
looks like a FOOL
says Kurtz is amazing
you listen to Kurtz but don't talk to him
like a child
Kurtz had threatened to kill him over a very small amt of ivory
heads facing house mean
evil is within the house
Kurtz's voice is the only thing left -->
Kurtz is all talk and no action
Kurtz in German
Roman name for Zeus
thunderbolts of a pitiful Jupiter
the black mistress
wears bright colors and ivory, dark skin, personification of the jungle: beautiful but dangerous, throws up arms because she doesn't want kurtz to leave
what 3 things does Marlow give the Russian?
Kurtz escapes to jungle by crawling
climax of the novella
Marlow follows Kurtz into the jungle
meets the evil side of himself [doppelganger]
Marlow's decision in the jungle
to become kurtz, save him, or let him die
decides to save him
kurtz gives all personal papers to Marlow
he feels a connection to Marlow
Kurtz's last words
"The Horror! The Horror!"
The horror! the horror!
sees his future in hell
understands the potential for evil that exists in all of humanity
Kurtz's death announcement
by the manager's native servant
"Mistah Kurtz-he dead"
Kurtz's death is a direct comparison to
the helmsman's funeral
Marlow's visitors while he is sick:
1. company rep-wants the papers to know where ivory is but won't take the report
2. Kurtz's cousin-says Kurtz was a great musicican and universal genius, brings personal letters
3. journalist-says Kurtz could be a politician for any extremest party
4. Kurtz's fiance-almost a negative of the black mistress, holds on to the memory of Kurtz, she is the ANGEL!!!
Marlow tells the fiance that
she was Kurtz's last words
imagery at the end
difference between dispair and pessimistic
despair has no hope
pessimistic has potential for evil, but also hope