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    The Role of Kurtz in Heart of Darkness In the novel, Heart of Darkness, Kurtz is a very unusual antagonist. Kurtz is so unusual because he is not presented in a normal way. The way Kurtz is presented to the narrator is through stories. So, throughout the whole beginning of the book the only thing the narrator knows about Kurtz is from the stories that people are telling about him. And the stories that are being told about Kurtz is that he is in charge of a trading post in Africa that sells ivory

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    Conrad Scholar Daniel Schwarz asserts that “Kurtz remains a symbol of how the human ego can expand infinitely to the point where it tries to will it’s own apotheosis” (Schwarz 698). Personally, I found this analysis on par with the conceptualization of this character. Kurtz is an enigmatic figure whose presence is felt intensely by nearly every character within Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. He is a bold and brash exemplar of uncontained human ego. His desires are manifested in his stead fast

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    Kurtz. Kurtz is an intriguing character from the very first moment that we are offered his name. From the first mention of him, we are drawn in and curious to find out more about this mysterious man who people say has conquered the wilderness; some even go so far as to speak of him as somewhat of a god. Ian Watt supports the reasoning we have to assume this, stating “there is nothing inherently improbable in Kurtz’s having been accorded sacred, if not actually divine, status . . . Kurtz would

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    Heart of Darkness Characters can hold great significance in novels, even though they make a short appearance or none at all. In Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Kurtz is one of those characters; he influences the plot and the other characters’ thoughts, actions, and emotions. The idea of Kurtz and what he represents is far greater than the man himself. Throughout the novel, the plot and actions of Marlow and other characters are a direct result of Kurtz’s character. Marlow first heard of

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    Heart of Darkness, written by James Conrad, is one of the most significant novellas of the early 1900’s literature. It is written in frame narration, with the main perspective being Charlie Marlow, the philosophic sailor, as he tells his friends the story of his voyage to Congo and how he came to meet the infamous ivory dealer; Kurtz. Throughout the novella, Kurtz is presented to us by second-hand information. All sources Marlow comes across discusses his grandiose and exceptional intelligence, however

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    Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad provides an in depth perspective of the imperialism that invaded the Congo in the 1800’s. Marlow, our narrator, tells of his journey sailing up the Congo river in search of the most luxurious item of the time--Ivory. While sailing this twisting and deeply mystical river, Marlow hears of Kurtz, a man with a admirable reputation within their workplace known as the Company. As Marlow travels further along the Congo river he notices a distinct change of scenery

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    The character that turns in Heart of Darkness is Kurtz. He is the best ivory trader in the Company and the commanding officer of a trading station in Africa. Throughout the novel, people describe Kurtz as a charismatic, inspiring, and talented individual. For example, when Charles Marlow, the protagonist, is talking with the Manager in his office, he says, "Then I noticed a small sketch in oils, on a panel, representing a women... To my question he said Mr. Kurtz had painted this..."(Conrad, 30)

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    words belong to the character of Mr. Kurtz, in Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness. The book, written in 1899, recounts the tale of Marlow, a British seaman who, during imperialist times, travels to the Congo. Conrad’s writing has been perceived as morally ambiguous, with some critics saying it perpetuated racism, while other claimed it represented a careful critique to imperialism and its danger. As it is, the most ambiguous character would be Mr. Kurtz, the agent of the inner station in the

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    Kurtz Embodies European powers Postcolonialism is a theory that is similar to cultural studies, but assumes a unique perspective on literature and politics that needs to be discussed and analyzed separately. Postcolonialism criticisms look at issues of power, economics, politics, religion, and culture, and how these elements relate to the colonial hegemony in a text. This form of criticism can be applied to many works of literature; specifically those whose settings are in Africa, the Middle East

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    Darkness, one being the remarkable civilized man of London, and the other being the cannibalistic madman of the Congo. Kurtz’s soon realizes he favors the madman over the civilized man do to the acts of wild treachery and free restraint. Marlow then showcases curiosity with Kurtz because he seems to understand the certainty of what true freedom feels like. Although Marlow’s physical journey begins with him traveling the snake-like Congo, his mental journey becomes more understandable and transparent

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