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The Earliest Beginning Of The World

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This passage is the moment when Marlow and the pilgrims are traveling up the river in the steamboat to meet Kurtz at the inner station. During this journey, Conrad uses descriptive language and writing style to provoke a certain type of mood in the readers. The description and diction of the passage create emptiness, stillness and gloomy atmosphere that furthermore create a delusional aspect of the forest. The use of first person narrative allows the readers to get involve with narrator and the interaction between the narrator and readers provoke a stronger mood within the readers mind. Conrad also uses other literary devices such a personification, imagery and repetition in construction of the placid atmosphere.
Since from the first sentence, Conrad reflects imagery of the “earliest beginnings of the world” to present idea of vast emptiness of immobility. Conrad refers to this because in the beginning of the world, there was nothing much on ...view middle of the document...

This can be accounted that there are more description to the air. It can be assumed that Conrad allowing the readers to generate more idea about the “air” and the words that have negative connotation. The sentence “There was no joy in the brilliance of sunshine.” reveals an irony. In normal situation, the sunlight is supposed bring to happiness and bright atmosphere to the people. In this context, the “the brilliance of sunshine” is just in passive state. The gloomy atmosphere overpowered the “sunshine”. The gloomy mood creates a delusional state of mind as well; “On silvery sandbanks hippos and alligators sunned themselves side by side”. The hippos and alligators are predators and preys. It is peculiar that these two types of animal are staying side by side. It can also be assumed that the gloomy atmosphere has overpowered the alligators’ instinct to kill their prey.
The delusional feeling is also described in the following sentence, “The broadening waters flowed through a mob of wooded islands; you lost your way on that river as you would in a desert, and butted all day long against shoals, trying to find the channel, till you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had know once--some where--far away in another existence perhaps.” In this sentence, the “river” is compared to the “desert” because the stillness of the river resembles the vast open “desert”. The sentence also reflects the idea of Europe and Africa being separated not just the civilization but also the time which they live in because it is describe in the sentence that “you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had know once--some where--far away in another existence perhaps”. It seems like living in Africa is living in the “earliest beginnings of the world”. This idea again supports the mood of delusional state.
The “stillness of life” is personified and this stillness does not create placidity but a “revengeful aspect”. It is said that the stillness is an “implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention.” The diction “brooding” and “inscrutable intention” suggests the idea of foolishness because thinking over an undecipherable thing is foolishness.

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