The novella The Heart of Darkness can be seen as both a literal journey into the jungle of Africa (physical darkness) as well as a metaphorical journey into the heart of the individual. Marlow's journey of self discovery can be seen by the comments Marlow inserts while narrating the literal journey. The story becomes double layered as Marlow tells the reader the story of Kurtz. Marlow identifies with Kurtz, the difference being that Marlow doesn't succumb to the darkness like Kurtz or that which may be found in every person's soul. In essence, Marlow's discovery of Kurtz is shrouded in mystery. As the story progresses, slowly Marlow learns who Kurtz was and who Kurtz became as well as learning about himself. He gets close enough to the edge to peer into the darkness but does not fall into it.
Comment upon this aspect of the novella. Do you feel that the mystery of Kurtz and the process of learning about him can also symbolize the process of learning about one's self? Explain.
For this task, you are to all contribute to your own posting of approximately half a page and then respond to at least one other person's response. You will be graded on your ability to think deeply and critically about the material studied.
** Remember as this is an English class I expect to see discussion of and/or reference to the author's literary techniques, the effect of using such devices, and evidence from the text (3 parenthetical citations) to support your assertions.
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Due: 19/20 March (if late you will recieve -15 points for every day late)