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PS- sometimes I feel economics destroyed my "wild side."
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I'm trying to find a good website that shows gradations of black and white that might help you to conceptualize... But shapes are represented by colors. For an example, civilizxation, it's shape, might be white and Nature or "the wild might be black.. and the two can consume each other at induction points- these places would be the grey areas or the heart of the wild, or possibly a river.....
PS- Mixtures of white and black appear throughout the story... things that have consumed themselves "once or twice" over.... C
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The word, "love," is an English word which has its own definition and meaning. "Love" is translatable in several languages, but it is arguable if the definition of the word is exactly the same in all languages. I'm not sure if the natives in the Congo had their own word for love, or if an equivalent word for "love" exists in so-named "primitive", or tribal communities which still exist. That is, is the word, "love," a product of modern civilization, or civilization itself? Did love exist during the "Age of Imperialism", for example? Again, controversial and, of course, dark....
08-12-2008 05:09 PM
Remember that a shape loses its integrity against backgrounds of the same color- it fades into the background. A white circle looks glows against a "dark" background, we're able to see borders and lines more clearly. So, throughout "The Heart", we see out of place shapes of civilization against the dark backdrops of Nature, and vice versa. Language becomes increasingly importanct for survival in the Congo-- books "glow", for example. Whether you attribute the color white to civilization or Nature is arbitrary. But Marlow felt that, at least in the case of Kurtz, Nature won a round.
08-26-2008 08:13 PM
I think this board will be going away before too long.
Join me once again on the American classics board for a stimulating discussion of "Huck Finn!"
I think, therefore I drive people nuts.