Essay Archive - Heart of Darkness: The Symbol of Ivory
Heart of Darkness: The Symbol of Ivory
In Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad often uses vague,“muted”
descriptions, leaving a melange of possible meanings in the reader's lap.
One exception to this trend is Conrad's symbolic use of ivory. Within the
frame of the story, his references to ivory can obviously be seen as a
representation of the white man's greed. Towards the end of the book ivory
comes to symbolize the oozing evil that drips from the heart of darkness.
It isn't long before Conrad makes a commentary on the greed of the
whites. By the thirty-sev....