The man seeks adventure to acquire knowledge. Read an General manager - The chief agent of the Company in its African territory, who runs the Central Station. I was within a hair's-breadth of the last opportunity for pronouncement, and I found with humiliation that probably I would have nothing to say. Marlow, in his odd fascination, journeys from the central station without distraction, focusing only on the river and fixating on his eventual meeting with the glorified Kurtz. I would look for hours…there were many blank spaces on the earth and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map. On growing up, he became a sailor, sailed upon many seas, and got an opportunity to explore the Congo and sail upon the river Congo.
This opinion is destroyed, totally; when Marlow actually meets Kurtz, and realizes that; far from conquering the darkness, Kurtz himself has been conquered by the darkness. The Russian tells that Kurtz had power and such a strong influence in the town that he could get anything that he liked. Hailed universally for his genius and eloquence, Kurtz becomes the focus of Marlow's journey into Africa. Kurtz, similarly he tells us of the inner strength which enabled him to withstand the dangers of his travel in the Congo, and he speaks of the dream-like quality of some of his experiences. Next, Marlow observes the brick-maker and concludes that he is a papier-mâché Mephistopheles. Kurtz was to Marlow, penetrating this country, a name, constantly recurring in people's talk, for cleverness and enterprise.
I heard her weeping; she had hidden her face in her hands. Although Kurtz is unseen throughout the greater part of the novel, his character represents the blindness of man and the dark, callous aspects of human nature. We encourage visitors to the forum to report any objectionable message in. Kurtz may be a god, but he's also a prisoner to his devotees. He is naïve and innocent and believes Kurtz is a godlike figure, so he idolizes him. Just as he tells us frankly about the nightmare being the evil embodied by Mr.
The heavens do not fall for such a trifle. It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core. Kurtz can be criticized in the same terms that Heart of Darkness is sometimes criticized: style entirely overrules substance, providing a justification for amorality and evil. He is boyish in appearance and temperament, and seems to exist wholly on the glamour of youth and the audacity of adventurousness. It seems I am trying to tell you a dream—making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is the very essence of dreams. Marlow observes the natives with same keenness and minuteness. Of course, much remains mysterious about Mr.
Perhaps because of his journeys, perhaps because of the temperament he was born with, he is philosophical, passionate, and insightful. Kurtz makes some key developments in the way he interacts with others, in large part due to the words and actions of society and Kurtz's acquaintances. The word 'ivory' rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. Any author, of either a painting or piece of literature will set the mood by using their atmosphere to enhance the theme of their creation. All have been sailors at one time or another, but all now have important jobs ashore and have settled into middle-class, middle-aged lives.
The Transformation Within Kurtz As previously mentioned, Kurtz has been known to clearly exercise a powerful influence on the people in his life. However, these ideals become devoured by the darkness of imperialism. If Marlow's voice is never silenced, what about Kurtz's? Although he shows unremorseful evil all through the book and is seen to be the heart of darkness when Marlow finally does meet him he seems to be quite sane. There's no initiation either into such mysteries. A mere narrator would objectively tell a story, keeping himself out of it. Conrad depicts this darkness through his aesthetic use of identity and the true self, which work to intertwine throughout the entire story.
He is the unique victim of colonization; the wilderness captures him and he turns his back on the people and customs that were once a part of him. But are his last words resonant for us? Chief Accountant A top official in the main station, he befriends Marlow when he first arrives in Africa. Once he tasted the power that could be his in the jungle, however, Kurtz abandoned his philanthropic ideals and set himself up as a god to the natives at the Inner Station. Marlow interprets this for us, saying that these words are the moment Kurtz realizes exactly how depraved human nature is—that his inability to exert even a shred of self-control is the same darkness in every human heart. Along the way, Marlow learns about the real Kurtz and finds himself identifying with and becoming dangerously fond of the man. This could be taken negatively, to mean that Kurtz is not worthy of contemplation. His brightly patched clothes remind Marlow of a harlequin.
Believe me or not his intelligence was perfectly clear' he also shows remorse with his dying words the horror, the horror. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude—and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating. They, no doubt, like the rest of us, found what they deserved. As a narrator, Marlow is unreliable that he is not an objective teller of the story, but is instead emotionally conflicted about the events and people within his tale. Heart of Darkness is a novel based on European imperialism in the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. In the novel Conrad presents Kurtz as a mystical being a god almost to the native people but he also shows him to be an evil and sinister man with a heart of darkness' he does this by not actually presenting Kurtz as a human but a figure a vapour of the earth.
And it has a fascination, too, which goes to work upon him. And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion. It would come slowly to one. He is average in appearance and unremarkable in abilities, but he possesses a strange capacity to produce uneasiness in those around him, keeping everyone sufficiently unsettled for him to exert his control over them. Unlike the other characters in the story, Kurtz views the natives as far more than instruments to be used for the purpose of work. This quote relates to how in society everyone must be able to show an attitude, a facade, something that makes them acceptable to society.