Heart of Darkness: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis on Several Scales

50 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2011 Last revised: 3 Oct 2015

William L. Benzon

Independent

Date Written: July 28, 2011

Abstract

Heart of Darkness is a novella that is roughly 38,000 words long and divided into three sections. The longest paragraph in the text, the nexus, is in the second half of the second of the three sections. It is structurally central to the text, making it a tale3 (the nexus) within a tale2 (Marlow’s tale) within a tale1 (the unnamed narrator’s tale). Within the nexus we find a phrase, a so-called Latour Litany, that spans the ontological dimensions of the story. This paper concludes with an annotated copy of the nexus paragraph.

Keywords: novel, narrative, story, ring-form, narratology

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Heart of Darkness: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis on Several Scales (July 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898295 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1898295

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