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Heart of Darkness study guide questions
Part I
How did the Roman react to England? What did England
look like then? How was it a “dark place”?
Marlowe’s Aunt calls her nephew an “emissary of light.”
What does she imagine her nephew is about to do? Why
doesn’t he correct her?
Describe the station manager. What was his supreme gift?
Describe Kurtz’s painting.
What is the problem with the rivets?
At the close of the story answer the following:
Why does he lie to the Intended?
What is “the horror”?
If you were, like Francis Ford Coppola (who shifted the
setting to late 1960’s Vietnam in his 1979 film Apocalypse
Now) to retell Heart of Darkness in another setting, where
and when would you set it?