The story centres on Charles Marlow, who narrates most of the book. He is an Englishman who takes a foreign assignment from a Belgian trading company as a ferry-boat captain in Africa. Heart of Darkness exposes the dark side of European colonization while exploring the three levels of darkness that the protagonist, Marlow, encounters: the darkness of the Congo wilderness, the darkness of the Europeans' cruel treatment of the natives, and the unfathomable darkness within every human being for committing heinous acts of evil. Although Conrad does not give the name of the river, at the time of writing the Congo Free State, the location of the large and important Congo River, was a private colony of Belgium's King Leopold II. In the story, Marlow is employed to transport ivory downriver. However, his more pressing assignment is to return Kurtz, another ivory trader, to civilization, in a cover-up. Kurtz has a reputation throughout the region.
This symbolic story is a story within a story or frame narrative. It follows Marlow as he recounts from dusk through to late night, to a group of men aboard a ship anchored in the Thames Estuary, his Congolese adventure. The passage of time and the darkening sky during the fictitious narrative-within-the-narrative parallel the atmosphere of the story.
Highlights of the January 1863 Edition:
- The Emancipation Proclamation is published and takes effect
- Published as General Orders No. 1 on Jan. 25
- "Let Saturday, Jan. 17, be long remembered as the day when the people of New-Orleans came together and acted officially upon the Emancipation Proclamation of the President"
- Grant's Vicksburg Campaign
- Sherman begins digging Grant's Canal (a.k.a. Butler's Ditch)
- Battle of Fort Hindman/Arkansas Post
- Read-Admiral Porter's Official Report
- Stone's River Campaign concludes
- Battle of Stones River/Second Battle of Murfreesboro
- Galveston, Texas Operations conclude
- Second Battle of Galveston
- The USRC Harriet Lane is captured by Confederate forces
- Lt. Lea (USA) commands the repelling force and is mortally wounded
- Maj. Albert Lea (CSA) boards the Harriet Lane and finds his son dying
- Naval Battle of Galveston Light
- Marmaduke's Expedition into Missouri
- Second Battle of Springfield
- Battle of Hartville
- Shoshone War in the Washington Territory
- Bear River Massacre
- Virginian Operations
- Battle of Deserted House/Battle on the Blackwater
- Army of the Potomac (USA)
- Burnside's Mud March
- Hooker replaces Burnside
- Burnside "resigns"
- Gen. Pope publishes an exposé of his Virginia campaign
- Numerous documents are published including official correspondence and telegrams
- Control of the Railroads
- Raid on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad
- Reports of the USS Monitor, while under tow by the USS Rhode Island, which foundered and sank off the coast of Cape Hatteras at the end of Dec. 1862
- A national hospital for disabled veterans is established by the Senate Committee on Military Affairs
- Gov. Robinson of Kentucky recommends that the Kentucky Legislature reject the Emancipation Proclamation
- The court-martial of Gen. Fitz-John Porter (USA) concludes
- Initial reports acquit him of all charges
- Found guilty of disobedience and misconduct
- Dismissed from the Army
- Will spend the rest of his life fighting against the court-martial
- 1878: A special commission exonerates Porter
- 1886: President Chester A. Arthur commutes Porter's sentence
- 1886: A special act of Congress restores Porter's commission
- The Court of Inquiry of Gen. McDowell (USA) continues
- Lincoln's oft discussed (to this day) letter to Gen. McClellan is published
- "I think this is the precise time for you to strike a blow," -- A. Lincoln
- "it is indispensable to me that you strike a blow," -- A. Lincoln
- "you must act," -- A. Lincoln
- "His advice was not followed; his commands, as Commander-in-Chief, were disobeyed." -- New York Times
- Lincoln and Halleck revoke Grant's controversial Order No. 11 expelling "Jews, as a class" from his command
- The admission of Utah is considered, with the condition that polygamy is prohibited
- Consideration of the creation of the territory of Shoshona from what is today Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota
- Proposal to create a volunteer force "to be called the National Guard of the United States"
- Thurlow Weed retires from the Albany Evening Journal
- The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin is siezed by the Provost Marshall for "articles abusing the Government, and bitterly denouncing the Administration"
Contains a huge list of tons of emoticons! Impress your friends with emoticons you "just made up"!
• Emoticon Splash Screen
• Huge List of Emoticons
• Alternating colors on emoticons for improved readability
Open up to the beautiful music of The Beatles and their song "Here Comes the Sun".
Don't forgot this is a lot cheaper than some stupid teddy bear too!
What could possibly make "Little Red Riding Hood" any better? How about including in a werewolf to mix things up! Maybe throwing Twilight into the mix! Possibly even making Little Red into a murderous villain!
This parody of Little Red Riding Hood is filled with twists and turns that make the original so much better! As this fairy tale unfolds you will be more and more enthralled by unbelievably surprising scenarios never before read!
Suspense, drama, action, irony...Little Red Bow has it all!