Heart of Darkness: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis on Several Scales

62 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2011 Last revised: 29 Oct 2019

Date Written: October 27, 2019

Abstract

Heart of Darkness is a novella that is roughly 38,000 words long and divided into three sections. In these notes I use a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze and describe it. In particular, I argue that it exhibits center-point construction, a tale within a tale within a tale, and that the story’s moral center contrasts workplace values with basic human bonds.

Keywords: literature, narrativve, novel, paragraph distribution, periodicity, ring form, handbook, Latour litany

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Heart of Darkness: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis on Several Scales (October 27, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1910279 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1910279

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