2. “We live in the flicker…may it last as long as the old earth keeps rolling.” This quote was spoken by Marlow. The “flicker” that Marlow mentions refers to the “light of imperialism” and the development of new land. Marlow continuously uses the contrast of light and dark to represent the condition of the land and the people. The light is the beneficial aspect of growth and Marlow hopes that these benefits will outweigh their negative counterparts as long as imperialism exists and continues.
3. “They were men enough to face the darkness.”
This quote was spoken by Marlow. In this quote, Marlow is referring to the imperialist men who adventured into unknown lands to conquer and develop. He describes how brave and ambitious these men were and how they knew the risks yet took them despite all costs. Marlow even describes the motivating factors that pushed imperialists forward- such as the money and the recognition.
4. “Imagine the growing regrets, the longing to escape, the powerless disgust, the surrender, the hate….”
This quote was spoken by Marlow. After his rant about how valiant the imperialist explorers were, Marlow then describes how the imperialists are the ones negatively affected by their exploration because they are forced into dark and destitute places. They wish to return to their homes but they serve a great duty by exploring and developing these new places. Marlow acknowledges this desire to “escape” because he felt it multiple times firsthand when he thrust himself in the midst of a mentally and physically challenging jungle.
5. “Du calme, du calme, adieu.”
The person who spoke this quote was the doctor. When Marlow includes this quote in his story, he also adds a little bit of information which conveys the doctor’s warning tone. The doctor tells Marlow to keep calm on his trip and basically to stay level headed throughout the endeavor. Marlow, of course, does not head this advice, so the quote is almost ironic in a way.
6. “I have seen…strong, lusty, red-eyed devils but…I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of this land, I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak- eyed devil of rapacious and pitiless folly.”
7. “I’ve been teaching one of the native women about the station. It was difficult. She had a distaste for the work.”
8. “When one has hot to make correct entries, one comes to hate those savages-hate them to the death.”
9. “He was obeyed, yet he inspired neither love, nor fear, nor even respect…he inspired uneasiness.”
10. “The word ‘ivory’ hung in the air. You would think they were praying to it.”
11. “He is a prodigy…We want for the guidance of the cause entrusted us by Europe, so to speak higher intelligence, wide sympathies, singleness of purpose.”
12. “You know, I hate, detest, can’t bear a lie.”
13. It was reckless without hardihood, greedy without audacity, and cruel without courage; there was not an atom of foresight or of serious intention among them.” Pg.90
Heart of Darkness questions: Book 1
Answer the following questions using clear and complete sentences.
1. Describe the setting and the mood at the beginning of the novel.
2. Describe how Marlow differs from the other men aboard the Nellie.
3. How does the narrator predict that the other men will react to Marlow’s...