Heart of Darkness

by

Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness Symbols

Women

Marlow believes that women exist in a world of beautiful illusions that have nothing to do with truth or the real world. In this way, women come to symbolize civilization's ability to hide its hypocrisy… read analysis of Women

The Sepulchral City

The white sepulchral city symbolizes all of European civilization. The beautiful white outside evokes the lofty ideas and justifications that Europeans use to justify colonization, while the hidden hollow inside the sepulcher hides the hypocrisy… read analysis of The Sepulchral City

Dark and White

Darkness is everywhere in Heart of Darkness. But the novella tweaks the conventional idea of white as good and dark as evil. Evil and good don't really apply to Heart of Darkness, because… read analysis of Dark and White