SUMMER READING RESPONSE: Heart Of Darkness (excerpt)

HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

At the beginning of this literary excerpt, we are given the description of 6 men who are in chains, with limbs as thin as branches and eyes as dead as night, we can assume these men are slaves, but as the description continues, it turns out that they are prisoners. The way the author focused the beginning description of these men could lead to assume that the author is intending to see what kind of mentality his readers have, whether they are prejudice or simply open-minded.

(My extra notes for this assignment)

In many literary pieces, we tend to see a type of pattern with the author’s form of writing and their intent to move their audience through the intense description of moments that might cause them to feel “uncomfortable”. This propels one’s need to continue reading on and truly understand the reasoning behind giving said description.

-Viji Pirani

4 thoughts on “SUMMER READING RESPONSE: Heart Of Darkness (excerpt)”

  1. Hi Viji! I agree with “the author’s form of writing and their intent to move their audience through the intense description of moments” can cause the reader to feel”uncomfortable.” Considering the time that this book was published, perhaps the reason why Joseph Conrad included the description of the prisoners was to intentionally make his original audience feel uncomfortable. Otherwise, I wonder how many of them would feel uncomfortable simply from the facts? Great job!!

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