2 Compare the narrator’s voice to Marlow’s. Write a P1 (thesis) as well as 3 P2s and 2 P2s/P3
3 How does the first 3 pages set up the rest of the novella How does the first 3 pages set up the rest of the novella? Find hints of foreshadowing in the first few pages.
4 What is the mood of the narrator’s initial writing What is the mood of the narrator’s initial writing? How does this compare to Marlow?
5 Create a list of dichotomies listed so far in Part I Create a list of dichotomies listed so far in Part I. What is Conrad saying by including these?
6 In the frame story section of the book, what details does Conrad include to create a sense of comfort and peacefulness? What elements contrast the serenity?
7 How does Marlow’s aunt, “the excellent woman,” depict him to the wife of the high dignitary? What problems might this pose for Marlow? Why?
8 Characterize how Marlow describes the African coast (beginning on p
9 On occasion, “black fellows” in boats visit the ship that Marlow is aboard. Do you think that the description of these fellows is mostly positive or mostly negative? And, how do these descriptions compare to most depictions of whites in the novel?
10 Look at page 32. “He broke off Look at page 32. “He broke off. Flames glided in the river” How does this break in narration affect our understanding of Marlow?
11 Perform a textual analysis for Marlow’s statement on page 33: “True, by this time it was not a blank space any more.”What is Marlow’s attitude toward Africa, and what literary devices does he use to achieve desired effects?
12 Consider Marlow’s first impression of the Africans on page 40 Consider Marlow’s first impression of the Africans on page 40. How does he characterize them? What is his attitude towards them? What does this reveal about Marlow?
13 Turn to the section on the Grove of Death Turn to the section on the Grove of Death. What literary elements does Marlow use to describe these men? What effects do these choices have on the overall meaning of the selection?“I avoided a vast artificial hole somebody had been digging…” to “this of white thread from beyond the seas”
14 Consider one of the first descriptions of Kurtz (p. 51-2) Consider one of the first descriptions of Kurtz (p. 51-2). What do we learn about him, and how does Conrad construct him as such a mysterious character?
15 MOTIF MANIADescribe and analyze the significance of the following motifs in the novella so far:Light/Dark - FodDeath - Europe vs. AfricaRiverJungleWomenKurtzIvoryRivets