Study Guide

Heart of Darkness Other

By Joseph Conrad


Chapter 1

"Mind," he began again, lifting one arm from the elbow, the palm of the hand outwards, so that, with his legs folded before him, he had the pose of a Buddha preaching in European clothes and without a lotus-flower […] (1.13)

The Buddha represents enlightenment, truth, and reconciliation with the world, so it's pretty impressive that the narrator is comparing the narrator to him. Hm. Maybe it's just us, but if we're listening to some god-like figure tell a really, really long story, we'd want it to end a little more conclusively.

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