By Joseph Conrad East Jessamine/Madison Central Lit Circles 2013
1. "He resembled a pilot, which to a seaman is trustworthiness personified"(Conrad 3). This is ethos because here he establishes himself as a seaman which makes you believe him more that the man reassembled a pilot but also since the book is about a boat you know that he knows what he is doing. This impacts the entire story because you know the narrator knows what he's doing so it makes the book liable.
2. "One of the men was the manager"(Conrad 37). This is ethos because he begins a conversation with this man and we now know that whatever this man says concerning the project is more than likely correct. This impacts the story because the plot can't be correct unless the person he speaks with knows what he's doing.
3. "It was just as though I had been let into some conspiracy—I don't know—something not quite right"(Conrad 15). This is pathos because even if we were weary about the situation before this line, the word "conspiracy" brings images of groups like The Klu Klux Klan or the Nazis. It causes the reader to have a sense of foreboding, which is how it affects the reader.
4. "I suppose Mr. Kurtz is dead as well by this time"(Conrad 77). This is pathos because when the man said this to the narrator it nearly crushed his huge dream of talking to and meeting Kurtz. This is important to the story because how the man describes how Kurtz died gives us insight into who Kurtz is.
"Then, glancing down, I saw a face near my hand. The black bones reclined at full length with one shoulder against the tree, and slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly"(pg 21). When I read this sentence, I automatically pictured the small children from commercials, the commercials that are always asking for donations to feed, clothe, or educate needy children. By picturing human beings in such a poor physical state, my heart is hit hard, and I feel the need to help these beings better their lives.
"'His last words-to live with,' she insisted. 'Don't you understand I loved him-I loved him-I loved him!' "I pulled myself together and spoke slowly". "'The last word he pronounced was-your name'"(pg 113). When Marlow lies to Mr. Kurtz's lover I feel as though he has became a more compassionate man than he was before venturing into the darkness, this change of character makes me, as a reader, proud of Marlow, because he is lying for the better.
"Mind,' he began again, lifting one arm from the elbow, the palm of the hand outwards, so that, with his legs folded before him, he had the pose of a Buddha preaching in European clothes and without a lotus flower"(pg 4). This quote is spoken by the narrator, whom is never named, he is expressing the respect he has for Charlie Marlow by comparing him o Buddha, which in Buddhism is a god. By giving this explanation of Marlow, I feel as if he is someone important because he is being compared to a god.
"Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration"(pg 7). By giving the readers a small amount of background on Marlow, the author is establishing Charlie's authority concerning global traveling, because he has learned and enjoyed the maps as a young boy, which makes him well experienced.
Pathos: “The dugout,four paddling savages, and the lone white man turning his back on the headquarters, on relief, on thoughts of home.” (Conrad 46)
This characterizes Kurtz himself, in addition to making readers sympathize with him.
Ethos: “Absurd! My dear boys, what can you expect from a man who out of sheer nervousness had just flung overboard a pair of new shoes!” (Conrad 68)
The character of Marlow is now asking the sailors to believe his story. He is pleading with them at this point to see him as he was.
Logos: “Was it superstition…” (Conrad 60)
This line and the proceeding few are an attempt to rationalize the behavior of the cannibals. Use of logic is employed to try to understand their motives.
Diaphanous; adjective used most commonly to describe fabric, meaning light, delicate, or translucent. "The very mist on the Essex marshes was like a gauzy and radiant fabric, hung from the wooded rises inland, and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds."(pg 2)
Forthwith; adverb used to mean immediately, instantly, or without delay "Forthwith a change came over the waters, and the serenity became less brilliant but more profound." (pg 2) Paul Lawley. "Failure and Tradition:
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