Explore the theme of danger with reference to the extracts from ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘Blood River’.

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Comparative Essay: Explore the theme of danger with reference to the extracts from ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘Blood River’.

Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ and Tim Butcher’s ‘Blood River’ both explore the theme of danger throughout. This is achieved through Conrad and Butcher’s choice of lexis. The extract from ‘Heart of Darkness’ is taken from chapter eleven. In this extract, Marlow and the rest of the crew of the steamboat are being attacked by the natives of the Congo. The extract from ‘Blood River’ is taken from chapter ten (Bend in the River). In this extract, Butcher describes how a child pickpocket is being attacked by an African mob. Both novels are written in 1st person, but ‘Heart of Darkness’ is fiction, whereas ‘Blood
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In ‘Blood River’, Butcher expresses to the reader that at the moment, life in the Congo is different to what it was half a century ago, in the sense that people know more because of travel, news, etc, but the Congo itself has become more brutal and dangerous: “...I had witnesses numerous times during my stint covering Africa...African mob justice was a terrifying thing.” This implies to the reader that the Congo has changed dramatically over time and that violence is now a common thing to occur.

The contextual factors of the two texts are very different as they were written in different times and so the historical backgrounds behind them are different. For example, when ‘Heart of Darkness’ was written, black men were called ‘niggers’ and it was thought to be normal to do so back then, but nowadays it would be an offence. In ‘Blood river’, Bucher mentions how violent mobs is a thing he has “witnessed numerous times”, but half a century ago was a very rare thing to find in the Congo.

The genres of the texts are slightly different. ‘Heart of Darkness’ has a sense of danger and adventure throughout most of the novel: “The side of his head hit the wheel twice, and the end of what appeared a long cane clattered round and knocked over a little camp-stool.” This suggests to the reader that the novel has

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