” At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all looked like that) I would point my finger on it and say: When I grow up I will go there… a white patch for a boy to dream gloriously over “And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion” As a younger boy Marlow was innocent and untainted by darkness.
The world is blankto him and most likely the stereotypes of skin colors. The world map is completely blank to him. Marlow has the desire to explore the unknown.
He embodies the European expansion and he sets a goal to find all of the mysteries of the Congo. He describes the wildreness as “great and unvincible” yet he does not invade it. Literary Response Quotation: Literary Response: ” And at last in its curved and imperceptible fall the sun sank low, and from glowing light changed to a dull red without rays and without heat, as if about to go out suddenly, stricken to death by that touch of that gloom brooding over a crowd of men” Conrad imagerizes light fading into darkness, the sun is a symbol of life and a sustainable source of light. “without heat” “stricken to death” and “brooding” percepts to darkness. Literary Response Quotation: Literary Response: “The coast was almost featureless, as if still in the making” with an aspect of monotonous grimness. The edge of a colossal jungle so dark green as to be almost black, fringed with white surf, ran straight, like a ruled line, far far away along a blue sea that glitter was blurred by a creeping must” The Congo jungles are usually dark and mysterious.
The Congo was scary for the white Europeans and their perspective of humanities was clouded by the dense fog of prejudice and fear of other people. VOCABULARY Estuary- The wide part of a river where it nears the sea. Ascetic- Characteristic of the practice of rigorous self-discipline. Benign- Pleasant and beneficial in nature or influence. Diaphanous- So thin as to transmit light. Profound- Far reaching and thoroughgoing in effect.