Darkness And Darkness In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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He Spelled Those Around Him Without Realizing That He Himself Had Been Spelled

Throughout Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, he proves that all humans ultimately have some form of dark within their soul. Even through the title one can see the irony between the heart, showing light and humanity, and the darkness, displaying evil and immoral. The protagonist, Marlow, listens to other members of the company illustrate Kurtz as both “a universal genius” (Conrad 33) and as a man with enough power to frighten the manager (Conrad 37). Throughout the novel Kurtz symbolizes the key theme of darkness and savagery, contributing to the overarching purpose of conveying Africa’s true environment and impact on humans.

For the majority of the novel, Marlow is yet to meet the mysterious Kurtz. The different, opposing perspectives of Kurtz’s persona cause Marlow to wonder uncontrollably and crave the presence of the man himself. Marlow practically hears Kurtz even before meeting him: “The man presented himself as a voice… --the gift of expression, the bewildering, the illuminating, the most exalted and the most contemptible, the pulsating stream of light, or the deceitful flow from the heart of an impenetrable darkness” (Conrad 57). Kurtz displays positive qualities while also negative ones; he has the ability to take control of Marlow’s mind without even meeting the former. Marlow expresses Kurtz as having many possible talents. He has the gift of bewildering, or scaring others into his

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