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The Influence Of Lie In Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness

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Marlow tells the reader, that he has a strong dislike for lies, he says that “[Marlow] hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appals me” (27). This makes the reader question Marlow’s character when he tells a direct lie twice within the text. The first lie is when he let the brick maker believe he had a strong influence in Europe. Then Marlow lied to Kurtz’s intended about Kurtz’s very own last words. The definition of a lie, according to Dictionary.com is “to speak falsely or utter untruth knowingly, as with intent to deceive, and to express what is false; convey a false impression” (Dictionary.com). Marlow doesn’t have the intent to lie to these two people, he just does not correct the other character’s false impressions and thoughts.…show more content…
When speaking of the situation with the brick maker, Marlow states that “I went near enough to [a lie] by letting the young fool there believe anything he liked to imagine as to my influence in Europe” (27). Marlow says that he is running the fine line of a lie, but according to the actual definition, he is lying to the brick maker. Also, for him to be calling the worker a fool, Marlow is directly saying that the brick maker should know that Marlow holding power in Europe could not be possibly true. Therefore, Marlow is letting this character continue to believe this false impression of him being a higher influence than he actually
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