Heart of Darkness “Lens” Assignment

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

AP English Literature Essay Assignment

Essay Assignment:

  • Choose one of the “lenses” of literary theory.
  • Write a critical essay about Conrad’s text, Heart of Darkness, through the “lens” of a literary critic.
  • Include specific textual evidence to prove your assertion.
  • Use MLA Format for citations and typing guidelines. Avoid plagiarism!
  • One page typed, double spaced, maximum.

Due Thursday, September 12, 2013!

Feel free to discuss the question below.



4 thoughts on “Heart of Darkness “Lens” Assignment

  1. Some questions to consider, Veronica, from: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/10

    – What person(s) or groups does the work identify as “other” or stranger (hint: women and the African people)? How are such persons/groups described and treated?
    – How does a ‘Heart of Darkness’ reinforce or undermine colonialist ideology through its representation of colonialization and/or its inappropriate silence about colonized peoples?

    In other words, think about those who were “silenced” in the text, who didn’t have a “voice.” Why did the Conrad choose to write the novel that way? Did he purposefully leave those characters out of the story, or was this unconscious? How much of this book is either influenced by or a product of colonialism?

    Best wishes,


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