In "Heart of Darkness"ÃÂ , Joseph Conrad uses symbolism, repetition and symbolism metaphors to create an atmosphere of greed. The centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, a reportedly idealistic man of great abilities. Marlow takes a job with the Company piloting a steamship in the Belgian Congo. Marlow encounters widespread idiocy and absurd inefficiency in the Company's stations. The native inhabitants of the region have been impressed into service for the Company, and they suffer terribly from overwork and ill-treatment at the hands of the Company's agents.
First of all, Conrad uses symbolism to convey a greedy scene. The surroundings help establish this ravenous feeling of the characters. "it was then well on in the afternoon, the face of the forest was gloomy, and a broad strip of shadow had already fallen on the water. in this shadow we steamed up- very slowly as you can imagine."ÃÂ
(Conrad 40) the atmosphere that is created by this quote the reader notices the characters are not traveling on the river with a clean conscience, the broad strips of shadow that fall on the water is a metaphor stating that greed begins to fall upon them like shadows drop through a dark and murky stream. Thus, Conrad expresses a sense of greediness through the usage of symbolism to illustrate the mind-set of the of the characters hunger for ivory.
Secondly, the author-Conrad also includes repetition to emphasize a gluttonous stage. This convention of recurrence words generally highlight the purpose of the characters intensions which is the joy of being wealthy. " My intended, my ivory, my river my- everything thing belonged to him."ÃÂ (Conrad 44) The word "my"ÃÂ is selfish because it only involves the person to who using this word in particular,