So, I know that Kizz and I have read Heart of Darkness, and that some of you were going to make a go of it. It’s time for those annoying English-teacher questions I promised! Feel free to think about any (or all, or none) of them and respond as you will. This is not for credit and will not be graded – feel free to take chances in your thinking.
*Think about the narrative structure of the novel. WHO is really telling the story? How does the narrative structure influence the story or our feelings or reactions to it?
*There are five women mentioned in the novel. Can you identify them? What are they there for?
*What kind of man is Marlow? What leads you to that conclusion?
*Is there any significance to the fact that the story takes place almost entirely on boats? How does the concept of movement influence the course of the novel?
*Think for a while about the nature of imperialism. How does Heart of Darkness address the idea of imperialism, and what conclusions does the story lead us to?
*Choose a character and consider his (or her) place in the novel. What motivates your character? How is your character different as the novel closes?
**start thinking about what you might like to read next; I’m loving the blog-book club thing!**