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Oedipus Essay, Research Paper
COLOR AS SYMBOLISM
HEART OF DARKNESS
02 May 2000
Thesis statement: Color is used very effectively as a tool of symbolism in Heart of
I.Colors, especially black and white, are used to symbolize evil (black) and
A.People are said to have white souls or black souls depending on their
innate ?goodness? or ?badness? or the role they are fulfilling at the time.
1.The color of a person?s soul is often contrasted to the color of
a.A black-souled, white-skinned person is thought to be evil and dishonest.
b.A white-souled, black-skinned person is thought to be truthful and full of integrity.
2.People are described as ?black with hatred? regardless of skin color.
B.Black isn?t just used to describe evil people.
C.Other colors are used to describe moods and attitudes past the basic good and evil, although less often than black and white.
1.Red denotes industry.
2.Yellow is seen as a cowardly color.
3.Pale denotes Death.
a.It is also used this way in the Bible, Revelations 6:8, the Pale horse and his rider ?Death?.
II.The use of color is effective.
1.It is easy to understand.
2.Colors are simple to identify, and recognizable colors are used in the book
a.Anyone able to read this book already knows the colors.
3.The significance of a color is consistent throughout the book.
a.Black always symbolizes evil.
b.White always symbolizes good.
c.Other colors retain their ?identities?
throughout the book.
COLOR AS SYMBOLISM IN HEART OF DARKNESS
Color is used very effectively as a tool of symbolism in Heart of Darkness.
Colors, especially black and white, are used to symbolize evil (black) and good (white).
Other colors are also used, although less often than black and white.
Throughout the story, people are thought to have white souls or black souls
depending on their innate ?goodness? or ?badness? or the role they are fulfilling at the
time. The color of a person?s soul is often contrasted to the color of their skin. A black-
souled, white-skinned person is thought to be evil and dishonest. ?I met a white man in
such an unexpected elegance of getup?? (Conrad p.21). This demonstrates how a
white man was not expected to be a good person. Elegance of dress was unexpected
because the man was white. In comparison, a white-souled, black-skinned person is
thought to be truthful and full of integrity. ?An athletic black belonging to some coast
tribe and educated by my poor predecessor?.thought all the world of himself.?
People are described as black with hatred regardless of skin color. This is further
evidence of black being used synonymously with evil.
Black isn?t just used to describe evil people. ?Often far away, I thought of these
two, guarding the door of Darkness, knitting black wool as for a warm pall??
(Conrad p. 14.) The symbolism of black wool at the door of Darkness is clearly pointing
to evil, and further supports black as evil.
Colors other than black and white are used to describe moods and attitudes past
the basic good and evil. Red signifies industry. ?There was a vast amount of red – good to
see at any time because one knows that some real work is done in there.? (Conrad p.13).
Yellow is seen as a cowardly color. ?I was going into the yellow. Dead in the center.?
(Conrad p.13). Pale denotes Death. It is also used this way in the Bible, ?the Pale horse
and his rider Death?, Revelations 6:8. ?She came forward, all in black, with a pale
head, floating towards me in the dusk. She was in mourning. It was more than a year
since his death?? (Conrad p. 72-73).
The use of color is effective in the story for a variety of reasons. First, it is easy to
understand. Second, colors are simple to identify, and recognizable colors are used in the
book. Anyone able to read this book already knows the colors. Last, the significance of
a color stays consistent throughout the book. Black is always considered evil, and white
always symbolizes good. Other colors retain their identity as well.
Color as symbolism plays a large role in Heart of Darkness. Although good and
evil are the thoughts most commonly identified by colors in the story, other concepts are
represented by colors as well, including death, industry, and cowardice. The use of colors
as symbols gives the reader another way of looking at ideas central to the theme of Heart
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness, A Norton Critical Edition. New York City:
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1988.
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