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Uses of Marijuana

Hemp is a very useful plant. The reason why it is illegal today seems an easy question to answer, right? Because of the effects that it causes on the brain and body. Right? Wrong! The reasons why hemp was made illegal were reasons that the public were never exposed to. Before 1883 about seventy-five to ninety percent of the world’s paper was manufactured from hemp bast fiber. The United States Department of Agriculture first proposed making paper from hemp pulp in the early 1930’s. Although production had to wait until someone invented a machine that would separate the hemp pulp from the fiber cheaply. Meanwhile, Dupont Chemicals, Hearst Paper and Timber, and several other companies had developed a new way to make whiter paper out of trees. Just when they got all their patents and business going in 1936, someone invented the hemp ‘decorticating’ machine. This threatened to put all the tree companies out of business, because of the fact that hemp paper is cheaper to make. A huge sum of capital was tied up in making tree pulp paper and shipping it for sale. Most of the tree-paper companies were very powerful and had many connections with the government. So in 1937, they launched a country-wide campaign to put a prohibitive tax on hemp. This was the first ‘Reefer Madness Movement’ and when we began to call cannabis-“Marijuana”. At that time no one knew that marijuana was really cannabis hemp. The only knowledge about hemp that the public knew had been obtained from the many fabricated stories. All the public knew was that it was “the killer weed with roots in hell”, because of the supposedly harmful effects that it had on the human body and mind, which by the way have all been reaserched again in depth and the previous conclusions of the effects of marijuana on the human body and mind, have all been disproven. Because of this most American’s did not know where their clothes used to come from because synthetic fabrics had just becom popular. The first Levi’s blue jeans were made from the hemp plant. I will including the following information in my paper; the many useful uses of hemp as a perspective product for the future, products such as; fiber, rope and twine, canvas, cloth and cotton, how it can replace our dependence on our forests for our paper products, and finally how easily it can be cultivated.

Symbols and Symbolism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

Use of Symbolism in Heart of Darkness

Joseph Conrad played a major role in the development of the twentieth-century novel. Many devices that Conrad applied for the first time to his novels gained wide usage in the literary period he helped to create. Perhaps the most effective of his pioneering techniques was his application of symbolism in his novels. In Heart of Darkness, Conrad’s symbolism plays a dominant role in the advancement of themes in the novel. These themes are revealed not through plot, but instead through the symbolic characters and elements present in the narrative. Joseph Conrad’s use of symbolism in his portrayal of the Africans, the Company, and Kurtz in Heart of Darkness illustrates the value of had work and self-restraint.

The format of Heart of Darkness is a narrative of the ship captain Charlie Marlow’s experiences in the Congo Free State, told to companions on a ship moored at the mouth of the Thames River, southeast of London. As the vast majority of the text is the story told by Marlow, the reader is intimately acquainted with Marlow‚s opinions and judgments throughout his first-person account. Thus the relationships between Marlow and other characters in the novel are of greater importance than the characters themselves. The actions that Marlow takes notice of are used chiefly to serve a symbolic purpose rather than to advance the plot. The flow of the novel itself is rough and illogical at times, as Marlow’s chain of thought is not entirely chronological. This is one stylistic technique that other authors of the twentieth century, particularly James Joyce and William Faulkner, would make greater use of in their literature (Jericho 23).

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…ction is not as important as the effects of that action, a world that would be exploited in the years to come.

Works Cited:

Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer, 1902. Signet Classic, New York 1997.

Jericho, Jeremy, Tessa Krailing Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Barron’s 1985.

Works Consulted:

Adelman, Gary. Heart of Darkness: Search for the Unconscious. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1987.

Fothergill, Anthony. Open Guides to Literature: Heart of Darkness. Philadelphia: Open University Press, 1989.

Glassman, Peter J. Language and Being: Joseph Conrad and the Literature of the Personality. New York and London: Columbia: University Press, 1976.

Tindall, W.Y. “The Duty of Marlow.” In Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and the Critics. Ed. Bruce Harkness. Belmont, California: Wadsworth Publishing Company Inc., 1968.

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