by Joseph Conrad
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Scramble for Africa
- Mike Kubic
This informational text summarizes the European and American colonization and plundering of Africa, as well as Africans’ resistance and eventual independence movements.Pair “The Scramble for Africa” with “Excerpt from Heart of Darkness” to provide students with information about the time in history that inspired “Heart of Darkness.” In the informational text, the author discusses European and American colonization of Africa. How does this compare to Marlow’s description of the Romans’ arrival in England?
- John Masefield
In John Masefield’s poem “Sea Fever,” the speaker discusses his desire to return to the sea.Pair “Sea Fever” with “Excerpt from Heart of Darkness” and ask students to discuss how both texts depict life as a sailor. What calls the sailor in the poem to an adventure at sea? How does this compare to the normal sailors the narrator describes at the beginning of “Excerpt from Heart of Darkness”? How does this compare to Marlow, as he is described by the narrator? How does this compare to the Romans who arrived in England, as they are described by Marlow?