Monday, March 30, 2009

Final Discussion HoD

Our final graded discussion will focus on quotations from the text. Page numbers relate to the “green book.” Gray book users should be able find it within one or two pages. Your job will be to explore the importance of the quotation to the entire story and use it to find meaning in the text.

“She seemed to know all about them and about me too. An eerie feeling came over me. She seemed uncanny and fateful. Often far away there I thought of these two, guarding the door of Darkness, knitting black wool as for a warm pall, one introducing, introducing continuously to the unknown, the other scrutinizing the cheery and foolish faces with unconcerned old eyes, “Ave (Hail!) Old knitter of back wool. Mirituri te salutant (Those who are about to die salute you.). Not many of those she looked at ever saw her again0—not half—by a long way.” p 14.

"You lost your way on the river as you would in a desert and butted all day long against shoals trying to find the channel till you thought yourself bewitched and cut off for ever from everything you had known once--somewhere--far away--in another existence perhaps." p.35

"The glimpse of the steamboat had for some reason filled those savages with unrestrained grief." p 44.

All Europe contributed to the making of Kurtz, and by and by I learned that most appropriated the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs had entrusted him with the making of a report for its future guidance.” p50
“They [the heads on the poles] only showed that Mr. Kurtz lacked restraint in the gratification of his various lusts that there was something wanting in him—some small matter which when the pressing need arose could not be found under his magnificent eloquence.” p57

“You show them you have in you something that is really profitable, and then there will be no limits to the recognition of your ability he [Kurtz] would say.” p. 67

“by the cry of inconceivable triumph and of unspeakable pain.” p.76