Heart of Darkness, so far, seems to be a tale of black and white. Though it could be on a literal meaning, it also has its contrasts between light and dark, old and new, good and not-so-good. During class yesterday, the activity we did on the painting got me to think about other ways this short story could be interpreted along those means. One light and dark relationship we focused on was in the painting. Yesterday, my group said that the darkness in the painting stood for a depressed state, a state of sorrow and loss. As these Europeans are coming to colonize, what esxactly are theydoing? Who, actually, is benefiting from this? The native Africans whoa re struggling to hold on to their culture and customs are forced to conform to the white light. In art, the white is known as negative space and the black is known as positive space. That's exactly how it was. This "negative" space came out of nowhere, hoping to lead the Black nation into a brighter, whiter life.
In the painting, the only white, negative, bright space is the woman holding the torch. The European woman has the appearance of being sweet, innocent, clean, and proper. This, clearly, is a depection. The clothing she is draped in, the dress, I would refer to as a facade, attempting to hid all the problems of the Anglos coming to colonize the Africans--just like a dress might hide the "problem areas" of any woman.
Another reference I've noticed about light and dark in general, regardless of the story, is that black, somehow, always leads to ignorance, the unknown, and lesser intelligence. A perfect example of this is Dark Ages. Before the Romans came, Great Britain was dark, just like Africa.
There clearly is an inbalance of the two, and hopefully, as the story continues, there will be some balancing of the two, if not, the ending can't be to bright for the native Africans under colonization!