Analysis Of Heart Of Darkness

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Literature Selection: Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
The Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad, is a thrilling, yet suspenseful piece, constantly keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Conrad describes the scenery and details around him, and uses words such as sails of the barges “drifting up with the tide” and a “haze” rested on the low shores in which the audience is able to picture dark skies, with misty skies, over the water (imagery). Conrad creates a deeper and darker tone as he uses words such as “mournful gloom” and “the air was dark”, which makes the audience wonder why the sky is dark and why the surroundings are filled with gloom (tone). Conrad controls the verbal pacing and focus, as he puts a shorter sentence before a longer sentence, building the longer sentence off of the shorter sentence (syntax). Conrad says, “A haze rested on the shores that ran out to sea in vanishing flatness. The air was dark, filled with gloom, brooding motionless over the biggest, and the greatest, town on earth”, in the short sentence more emphasis is placed on the “haze” and darkness. The longer sentence goes on to describe more details, building off of the “haze” and darkness.

Literature Selection: Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Wilde uses a dark and suspenseful like tone as he uses words like “sullen”, “murmur”, and “stillness”. The author’s tone makes the audience wonder what is happening and why the senses are so “dark” and “sullen” (tone). Wilde describes many details in which the small details help the audience to better understand the scenes. Wilde says, the “sullen murmur” of the bees moving through the “unmown” grass seemed to make the “stillness” more oppressive, in which the small details such as “unmown”, “sullen murmur”, and “stillness” help the audience to better understand the images being described. The audience will begin to wonder why the scene is so “still” and “sullen” like, in which, they may begin to picture a large unmown field, open and vacant (detail). Wilde describes many images as he says, the “dim roar of London was like the bourdon note of a distant organ. In the centre of the room, clamped to an upright easel, stood a full-length portrait”. Conrad’s use of

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