Heart of Darkness - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 10-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: Colonial Congo, 1890

Genre: British Literature, World Literature

Page Count: 41 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 5-6 weeks

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Embark with Charles Marlow, a young man seeking thrills in the enchanting landscapes of distant lands. With the influence of his well-connected aunt, Marlow secures a captaincy role aboard a steamship owned by a Belgian trading company, destined for the heart of the Congo Free State, present-day Zaire, Africa. As the vessel sets its course along the Congo River towards the company's secluded inner station, whispers about Mr. Kurtz, the station's manager and a formidable ivory trader, pervade the air.
Determined to find and meet the man, Charles ventures into the Congo. Yet, the allure of adventure quickly gives way to chilling revelations as his journey unfolds. Down the river, Marlow crosses paths with the elusive Kurtz, and bears witness to the startling transformation of a man who has deemed himself above the confines of law, both social and of God.

Join Marlow as he navigates not only the uncharted waters of a distant land but also the depths of human nature itself. 

This title is recommended for mature readers

Progeny Press' Heart of Darkness English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: This High School literature curriculum provides students with a one-quarter credit.
Historical Background:
Gain insights into the history of Zaire and the Congo River Basin, including the commercial trade interests of the 1800s, exploration, and the impact of Leopold II which led to the exploitation of the region.
Author Biography: Explore the life and background of Joseph Conrad.
Before-You-Read Activities: Engage in a range of activities to prepare for the novel. Write a short research paper on colonialism, craft an author biography, explore the topic of ships and transportation, conduct mapwork to visualize the setting and to changes in cartography, or write a short comparison paper.
Vocabulary: Boost your vocabulary by learning and understanding words used throughout the novel. Complete various activities designed to foster retention and vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Explore literary techniques employed in the book, such as foreshadowing, allusion, symbolism, the use of death imagery, establishing tone and mood, identifying climactic moments, recognizing overarching themes, understanding conflicts, considering different points of view, analyzing the use of a frame story, interpreting title meanings, examining pacing and repetition, observing lists, and the art of personification.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on the moral and ethical aspects presented in the narrative, including the contrasts of darkness and light as depicted in scripture, exploring the nature of the human heart and mind, examine the concept of evil, understanding accountability, choosing wise companions, udnerstanding true belief and reliance on God, exploring the nature of faith, addressing the consequences of lying, and considering the importance of self-control.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Do various thought-provoking activities and writing tasks, such as conducting character analyses, mapping characters' journeys, comparing and contrasting ideas within the text, creating a timeline of story events, extracting life lessons from the narrative, analyzing passages for tone, and examining point-of-view shifts.
Suggestions for Further Reading: We offer a reading list that encompasses additional works by Joseph Conrad, as well as other books that share thematic or stylistic ties to Heart of Darkness. Movie suggestions are also provided.

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Book Awards:
#158 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200)   •   Great Books of the Western World   •   
The Great American Read #83 (Top 100)   •   100 Best Novels Written in English #32

Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
Colonial Congo, Africa, 1890
World Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
47 pages
Study Guide Author:
Bethine Ellie
For the Book By:
Joseph Conrad

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