The Night Journey In Heart Of Darkness — страница 2

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indifference of unhappy savages’ (pg 43). The natives, who are referred to as ’savages’ in this quote appear to lack expression and display a ‘deathlike indifference’ which may be a result of evil actions imposed on them. On this same page, Marlow pronounces imagery of hell when he says, ‘I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but, by all the stars! These were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed and drove men – men, I tell you.’ Marlow is acquainted with the evil of men, because he further states, ‘I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapcious and pitiless folly.’ Devils come from Hell, a place which is dark and

sinister. It is the ‘weak-eyed devil’ that Marlow refers to ‘white men’ as; thus providing the reader with the notion that all men are capable of depravity, evil, abomination. Through the events in which Marlow is acquainted with evil, he sheds his innocence in order for experience. Another event in which the protagonist witnesses evil is when he encounters dying natives who ‘were not enemies [and not] criminals’, but were left to die, is described in Chapter One, when he describes the incident: [they were] black shadows of disease and starvation, lying confusedly in the greenish gloom.’ There is an obvious connection between the ‘black shadows’ and ‘gloom’ , with darkness.