Power in HOD and TLL

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  • Power in 'Heart of Darkness' and 'The Lonely Londoners'
    • Heart of Darkness
      • Kurtz as a paradigm of power albeit superficial/artificial
        • peripheral existence
        • worshipped god - like figure
          • 'his ascendancy was extraordinary'
        • his ridiculous inability to fulfil promises is reflected through the Intended
          • failure to the imperial project
        • Kurtz's frailty epitomises the futility of this primitive power and his death symbolises a rather joyful decline of evil
        • 'I saw on that ivory face the expression of sombre pride, of ruthless power, of craven terror - of an intense and hopeless despair'
      • desire for power at the expense of African natives
        • powerful, symbolic reaffirmation of the imperial system
      • elements of humour futilises power/desire for power
      • power of natives
      • ivory = power
      • power determines fate
        • grounded at the core of humanity is a profound desire to dominate
    • power and corruption are inextricably linked in both texts


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