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Examine the devastation that can come with colonialism. Defined here are the events that followed King Leopold's take over of the Belgian Congo. The treatment of native Congolese people, The Kurtz cult, and Joseph Conrad's observational novel, The Heart of Darkness are all discussed.
Use this presentation throughout your unit or lecture series on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The first part of the slideshow provides a brief biography of Conrad, and is followed by a discussion on his more prominent themes. The last part of the presentation could accompany a class reading of Heart of Darkness, as it discusses key plot points and quotations from the novel.
An interesting glimpse of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, this presentation provides several pertinent quotes from the novel to support various themes. In the context of a larger unit, this powerpoint could be helpful; however, on its own it's simply a series of quotes from the book with a few quotes of critique at the end. A teacher could take advantage of the provided quotes to organize a discussion in class.
To allude, or not to allude, that is the question: whether ‘tis better to make a reference and engage your audience or risk confusing them or sounding dated. After reading an article about, and loaded with allusions, class members take a New York Times literary allusions quiz and then consider the difference between recognizing the reference and understanding the implications. Be sure and check out the riotous comments that conclude the lesson. They are full of sound and fury, but perhaps signify nothing.
Students compare and contrast the elements used in the 19th century British novel and those novels in American society today. In groups, they brainstorm what it might have been like to be a teenager growing up in England during the 19th century and compare it with the information they gather from the novel itself.
Students read the story "Sharing in Africa". As a class, they brainstorm a list of holidays and celebrations in various cultures and identify the Congo on a world map. To end the lesson, they focus on one paragraph of the story, determine its meaning and answer comprehension questions.