Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Chapman Shone Strongly

“The Chapman lighthouse, a three-legged thing erect on a mud-flat, shone strongly” (4).

Built in 1849, the Chapman lighthouse was the last of the lighthouse to be built on the Thames River. It served as a great tool during both world wars, providing guidance to the many ships assembling forces on the river. In Heart of Darkness, the light produced by the lighthouse symbolizes civilization, as Marlow refers to the uncivilized areas as “darkness.”

Works Cited:
"London River Thames Lighthouses." 25 Aug. 2008 http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/amphiaraus1/page7.html


  1. YES -- what I like seeing here is the finishing of the connection -- explaining the headlights role in Conrad's meaning. Looking at the entries above, I see very effective and accurate explanations of the reference but I'm not seeing that direct connecting-of-the-dots to the work

  2. I suppose that places France and Spain in the realm of aforementioned 'darkness', eh? :)