The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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In the Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad he revels that everyone has a dark or evil side to himself or herself even if they might not be aware of it. Marlow embarked on a spiritual adventure to the Congo, where he witnesses Kurtz, the man he has come so far to meet is engulfed in greed and has the natives look up to him as a godlike figure. Conrad tells the tale of a mans psychological journey in ones mind as he progresses through the jungle. Marlow’s psychological changes become evident when he approaches the heart of darkness and begins to respect Kurtz for his conniving ways in which he used to hate. Conrad tries to show a connection between the two characters by showing the reader that Marlow is what Kurtz used to…show more content…
(Conrad 312) From the first time Marlow is told of Kurtz, he has somewhat of a fascination with him. Marlow has a sense of anticipation to meet Kurtz and form his own constructed opinion on him due to all the conflicting rumors he hears about Kurtz. The chief of the inner station describes Kurtz as "an emissary of pity, and science and progress, and devil knows what else" making Marlow even more curious to meet Kurtz. (Conrad 317) Kurtz started out with the hopes of doing good but in the end spiraled and his motives turned into pure evil. Kurtz was already affected Marlow 's psychological journey without ever personally knowing of Marlow. Marlow was given many changes throughout his journey to turn around before he entered and was engulfed in the darkness yet he does not yield any of the warnings right away. Before Marlow meets Kurtz, their steamboat is attacked by the natives and his helmsman dies. Marlow sees the death take place and is shocked. "The side of his head hit the wheel twice, and the end of what appeared a long cane clattered round and knocked over a little campstool. ...I had to make and effort to free my eyes from his gaze and attend to the steering."(Conrad 334-335) While watching his helmsman die Marlow 's mind is still focused on Kurtz and the anticipation if Kurtz is dead as well. Marlow finally realizes he traveled all this way to for the sole purpose of talking to Kurtz while also finding his
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