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Click the character infographic to download. Marlow and Kurtz The way Marlow obsesses about Kurtz, we almost expect Kurtz to file a restraining order on the guy.
But when he hears the story about Kurtz turning back to the jungle, his ears prick up: And then, just a few paragraphs later, Marlow is actually excited to see the guy, saying that, for him, the journey has become entirely about meeting Kurtz.
The boat, he says, "crawled towards Kurtz—exclusively" 2. Kurtz has done what Marlow can only dream of: Once he actually meets the guy, he starts to resent him. And then he seems to decide that Kurtz is actually just childish—a helpless and selfish man who has ignorant dreams of becoming rich and powerful.
Well, we think that Marlow wants to differentiate himself from the brainwashed men around him—just like we claimed to hate Arcade Fire back in even though we secretly thought that Funeral was a great record.
Or—to give Marlow some credit—maybe he really does believe that Kurtz is dangerous. And then, at the end, Marlow seems to come back around to admiration. After Kurtz dies while gasping out the words "The horror! Talk about a whirlwind romance.
So, by the end of the story, does Marlow respect Kurtz? The Same But Different This whole love me-love me not melodrama should be simple: Marlow admired Kurtz right up until he found out that the man put heads on sticks, at which point he stopped admiring him.
Er, not so fast. Marlow is just like Kurtz. Like Kurtz, Marlow comes from an upper middle class white European family. Both are, how do we say, arrogant: Marlow considers himself above the manager, the uncle, and the brickmaker while Kurtz establishes himself in an unparalleled seat of power among the native Africans.
Both have streaks of obsession in them: Marlow becomes obsessed with Africa and finding Kurtz, while Kurtz stops at nothing to acquire as much ivory as possible.
Both have powerful connections that allow them access to positions of power within the Company. Both men lose touch with reality—Kurtz in the fantasy of his own power and Marlow in the dream-like world of the jungle.
Both men have eerily similar reactions to their forays to the interior of Africa. Marlow and Kurtz, despite their desire to conquer the wilderness, become victims of it: Later, he discusses Kurtz presiding over some "midnight dances" that ended in "certain unspeakable rites" 2.
And finally, both men are described as gods—Kurtz as Jupiter and Marlow as Buddha 3. Marlow and the Native Africans For the most part, Marlow comes across as a nice guy, if not a particularly ethical one.
But he does do little things that show compassion. He attempts to give a biscuit to a starving slave. He treats his own cannibals decently.
What causes Marlow to feel such compassion for the native Africans? How does he see them in relation to himself? How does his foray down the Congo change the way he thinks? We found these words so compelling that we underlined, highlighted, and circled them, as well as dog-earing the page and putting three sticky notes on the top.
This is the part where we all say, "Oooh.If you go home now, you'll you'll miss out on what makes Heart of Darkness just so darn awesome and powerful: Marlow is just like Kurtz. Yep: our protagonist, our loveable, .
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To “explore the darkness of man’s heart” is one of the key themes in William Golding’s novel Lord of the flies. As the boys on the island regress from well-behaved, well-mannered children aching for rescue to cruel, bloodthirsty hunters who have no desire to return to civilization, the boys naturally lose their sense of innocence that they possessed at the beginning of the novel.
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