Tuesday, August 26, 2008
“I went along Fleet Street…”
Fleet Street is a famous street in London that has always been associated with the British Press. Once home to the legendary Knights Templar, during the early 16th century, Fleet Street became home to several publishers and their news papers. Now home to more lawyers than press houses, Fleet Street continues to live in in pop culture works, such as Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop and Sondheim’s dark musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
EDIT: Since the Knights Templar were a secret society whose real activities are still under speculation, it could be seen as a parallel to the Company that Marlow works for while in the Congo-- they are very secretive and few people truly know what they do. Marlow works for them and even he is confused by his job and responsibilities.