Heart Of Darkness Analysis

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In the novel Heart of Darkness, the characters who spend time in the heart of the jungle in the Congo, seem to change as time passes by. One of the men who is most dramatically affected from this change is Mr. Kurtz. This relates to what Pauline Hopkins once said in Contending Forces, “ And, after all, our surroundings influence our lives and characters as much as fate, destiny or any supernatural agency.” Mr. Kurtz goes from a man with a loving fiance and great attributes to man with no morals and the need for power. Mr. Kurtz was once a man with morals, but once he because a victim of the overwhelming power he had in the jungle, he abandoned the person he once was. He originally believed he could bring light to the Congo, which was shown with his painting of the woman, “Then I noticed a small sketch in oils… representing a woman, draped and blindfolded, carrying a lighted torch. The background was somber-- almost black.”21-22 This shows how he uses the torch to show how Kurtz is trying to bring light into the the jungle where only darkness is found. Despite this act, Kurtz soon changes his view of light and dark, his actions become sinister and his main worry becomes the obtainment of ivory and power over the Company. Kurtz becomes a God in the natives eyes and he uses this to his advantage. They hold ceremonies in which sacrifices are made to him and praise him like a God, “.. caused him to preside at certain midnight dances ending with unspeakable rites, which… were

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