Ch 1: Literary Context for Heart of Darkness

About This Chapter

This Literary Context chapter of the course on ''Heart of Darkness'' by Joseph Conrad is the most efficient way to master this novel. This lesson takes around five minutes to complete, and plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts of the literary context of this classic novel.

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Anyone who needs help reviewing and analyzing the literary context of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the literary context of this work. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
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  • Complete each lesson in the chapter to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the lesson to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the literary context chapter exam.

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  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this chapter cover only information you need to know.
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Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Manifest Destiny for a standard US history course. Topics covered include:

  • Joseph Conrad's life and environment
  • Historical context for Heart of Darkness
  • Plot and characters in Heart of Darkness
  • Analysis of the vocabulary, narrative, and tone
  • The novel's timeline
  • Modernism and this novel

9 Lessons in Chapter 1: Literary Context for Heart of Darkness
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Introduction to Joseph Conrad:  Novels and Colonialism

1. Introduction to Joseph Conrad: Novels and Colonialism

Sailor, groundbreaking writer, incurable racist - these are just some of the terms that have been used to describe novelist Joseph Conrad. Watch our lesson for an introduction to this man's life and an overview of his major works!

Heart of Darkness: Historical Context & Background

2. Heart of Darkness: Historical Context & Background

Joseph Conrad's 1899 novella 'Heart of Darkness' is more than the story of one man's descent into madness. It is also a searing portrait of a brutal moment in world history - a memento of greed, exploitation, and cruelty on a global scale.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

3. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.

Heart of Darkness: Narrator & Narrative Technique

4. Heart of Darkness: Narrator & Narrative Technique

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' is one of the most famous and controversial works of all time. But what is it about the novella that makes it so enduring? A look at Conrad's experimental narrative technique may shed some light.

Heart of Darkness: Tone & Point of View

5. Heart of Darkness: Tone & Point of View

There are many different literary devices an author can use to affect a novel. In this lesson, you'll learn about how two of these, tone and point of view, are used in Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness.'

Heart of Darkness Timeline

6. Heart of Darkness Timeline

This lesson offers a chronological summary of the events of Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' from Marlow's departure from Europe, to his trip up the Congo to find Kurtz, and all the way back to London.

Heart of Darkness Vocabulary

7. Heart of Darkness Vocabulary

In this lesson we will define many of the vocabulary words found in 'Heart of Darkness'. We will also explain why Joseph Conrad uses such difficult language.

Heart of Darkness Modernism

8. Heart of Darkness Modernism

In this lesson, we will examine the ways in which Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' reflects the tenets of Modernism, namely through its formal properties and themes.

Heart of Darkness Vocabulary Flashcards

Heart of Darkness Vocabulary Flashcards

Are you a student reading Joseph Conrad's famous novel ''Heart of Darkness''? This set of flashcards is designed to help you familiarize yourself with some of the more challenging language in this dark but historically important work of literature.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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