Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is a frame narrative recounting Charles Marlow's voyage down the Congo River.

Source: Conrad, Joseph. (1902). Heart of Darkness. New York: Harper and Brothers.

Part 1
Marlow recounts his journey up the Congo River to the narrator and his fellow travelers.
Part 2
Marlow overhears a conversation regarding Kurtz. Marlow starts his journey up river to visit Kurtz accompanied a by the local natives.
Part 3
Marlow and a company manager meet with Kurtz, who has become gravely ill. Marlow finds himself ostracized after defending Kurtz.
  • Year Published: 1902
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.6
  • Word Count: 40,391
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Keywords: colonialism, cruelty, death, isolation
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