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Heart of Darkness

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Bearing the Sword and Torch

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When Marlow is discussing the history of the Thames, he makes the following commentary:

Hunters for gold or pursuers of fame, they all had gone out on that stream, bearing the sword, and often the torch, messengers of the might within the land, bearers of a spark from the sacred fire (Section 1).

Which type of figurative language is used in the phrase "bearing the sword, and often the torch," and what effect does it have on the novella in its entirity?

A

The type of figurative language is personification. The use of personification shows how the river takes on human characteristics for those men who follow it.

B

The type of figurative language is synecdoche. The use of synecdoche adds to the ambiguity of the novella.

C

The type of figurative language is metaphor. The use of metaphor allows a double meaning to be implied throughout the novel.

D

The type of figurative language is simile. The use of simile allows the reader to draw comparisons and to make contrasts as the novel progresses.

E

The type of figurative language is metonymy. The use of metonymy allows Conrad to make a statement about Imperialism.