Heart of Darkness Activities

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

The ''Heart of Darkness'', while fictional, examines factual historical events. These activities will allow students to explore the 19th century while identifying important geography and completing character analyses.

Travels from Africa to London

Marlow's travel from London to Africa fascinates the three men on the British ship. Students will familiarize themselves with the geography of his trip.


  • Blank map from Africa to London
  • Markers or crayons
  • Computer


Tell students they are going to trace Marlow's trip from London to Africa while identifying the ocean, river and nearby countries. Have students identify the North Atlantic Ocean, London, France, Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, S. Sudan, Zimbabwe, S. Africa, DR Congo, Nigeria, Mali, W. Sahara, Niger, Chad and the Congo River. Allow students to color and display their map.


Racism is a central theme in the Heart of Darkness between the Europeans and African slaves. Students will correlate their comprehension of racism outlined in the book with racism in America today.


Ask students to write an essay addressing the following in their paper:

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