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.
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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.