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COLOR AS SYMBOLISM IN HEART OF DARKNESS By Trish Heath Professor McDowell ENG 112 02 May 2000 Heath i Outline Thesis statement: Color is used very effectively as a tool of symbolism in Heart of Darkness. I. Colors, especially black and white, are used to symbolize evil (black) and good (white). 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. …

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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 of Darkness. WORKS CITED Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness, A Norton Critical Edition. New York City: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1988.