I came across this really cute/gory (I know that sounds sick but I don’t mean to be) illustration of the steamer going down the congo river from Heart of Darkness. The concept of a black and white sketch really emphasizes the light and dark theme present in the book. Even though at first glance, it seems like a almost children-book-like illustration, the style stands almost as a facade for the graphic violence hidden in detail. On the left there is a native stabbed through the body, and several natives in the shade of the trees holding weapons and scaling the trunks. That idea can be said to echo the deceitful, and startling complex narration in Heart of Darkness- perhaps a reason why Marlow is so relieved to finally see the simplicity of straightforward cruelty after seeing Kurtz’s staked heads. In a way, something that is deceitfully cruel is almost more disturbing…

Cheers,

Celine

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