Darkness in Conrad's Heart of Darkness : A Linguistic and Stylistic Analysis

Khalil Hasan Nofal


This paper is intended to discuss the concept of "darkness" in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. It incorporates a fairly detailed linguistic and stylistic analysis of the novel in terms of setting, lexical choices and grammatical choices which all indicate mystery, obscurity, murkiness and then darkness.


A linguistic and stylistic analysis of the novel is used to illustrate the literary value of the book. Most specifically all linguistic and stylistic devices used can not only provide a more detailed descriptive basis for widely accepted interpretation of the novel , but also identify the significant linguistic features which may not noticed by critics.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5750/bjll.v6i0.141