One of the most enigmatic characters in twentieth-century literature, Kurtz is a petty tyrant, a dying god, an embodiment of Europe, and an assault on European values. All have been sailors at one time or another, but all now have important jobs ashore. Do the men get it? 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. Both Marlow and Kurtz see the intended as the epitome of the naiveté of women. He conveys to us the evil which had taken control of Mr. They all want to be appointed to a station so they can trade for ivory and earn a commission, but none of them reach this goal.
Pop, would go one of the six-inch guns; a small flame would dart and vanish, a little white smoke would disappear, a tiny projectile would give a feeble screech—and nothing happened. Throughout the rest of this story Marlow just continues to confuse and at some times even frustrate me. But when Kurtz's Intended asks Marlow whether he admired Kurtz, Marlow never answers. He has seen the darkness in the world and can no longer look at the world with his rose tinted glasses. He generally refuses to take cases.
For example, in , he gets out a bottle of , and pours glasses for himself, for Det. Accountant Also a passenger aboard the Thames ship, he does nothing but play dominoes. He first lived at the Hobart Arms, on Franklin Avenue near North Kenmore Avenue in , but then moved to the Bristol Hotel, where he stayed for about ten years. When he arrives at the Outer Station, however, he is shocked at the amount of waste and disregard for life he sees there. No wonder that, as an explorer for the Company, he becomes curious about Kurtz—so curious that he's willing to listen in on private conversations and even sacrifice some of his men along the way. Marlow's aunt She is the connection to the Company in which Marlow receives a position.
Then Marlow observes the self-restraint of his cannibal crew who are feeling very hungry but do not kill the white men to eat their flesh. But here's the rub: he wants them to stay that way. Marlow hears him speaking of the desire to get rid of Kurtz. Marlow is surprised at their tranquil manner, and he seems to respect them. He is petty and conniving and assumes that other people are too.
Context is extremely important with the character, Crooks, because during the Great Depression America was a very prejudiced country and segregation happened everywhere. In his greed, he does not understand why Marlow would be so interested in Kurtz. Director The captain in charge aboard the Thames River ship, from which Marlow tells the tale. But Marlow is also extremely skeptical of both mankind and civilization, and, to him, nothing is simple. In the beginning of the novel, he does not expect the experiences he was going to receive.
He believes that Kurtz will tell him things that he has never known. However, a discerning reader should note that Marlow is no shining light for the rights of indigenous people. Marlow is generally skeptical of those around him and continues to be independent-minded throughout the novella. Kurtz message to these men are horrifying; one of true madness. 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. But, like most things in Heart of Darkness, it's really not that simple. He depicts the misery and the suffering of the poor, wretched and over-worked natives.
They exist in opposition to the natives and the cannibals, and their fear makes it apparent that they are unwilling to relinquish preconceived notions about the natives. 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. Kurtz have effectively and vividly been brought to our notice by Marlow who therefore becomes a symbol of the writer having a penetrating mind and a masterly way of writing. They represent the kind of man Marlow would have likely become had he not gone to Africa. Because he now knows that ''The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
Kurtz continues to trouble the nineteenth-century philosophy of saving the native people. In the empty immensity of earth, sky, and water, there she was, incomprehensible, firing into a continent. He went on and on about it in such great detail that you almost began to believe that he was a captain, though he was only a young boy at the time. Anyway, Marlow obviously sees women as naïve and idealistic. Eschewing the use of filters see Farewell My Lovely , he uses a see The Long Goodbye, chapter 5. Marlow clearly brings out the failings and the meanness of the white men. On the other hand, Marlow focuses on the work that he has been sent to do which keeps him from going crazy.
All this makes him well worth a closer examination. The manager is the antagonist. Marlow's chief qualities are his curiosity and skepticism. He goes to Africa for adventure, and the company is simply there doing their job. In many respects, the worldview of Marlow is that of a typical European. Perhaps because of his journeys, perhaps because of the temperament he was born with, he is philosophical, passionate, and insightful.
The first one was at the of the story. Marlow comes out as a character who despises people who lie and dislikes lies altogether but yet he demonstrates that if the circumstances are extraordinary then a lie is unavoidable Dahl, 53. How a character adapts to the environment influences their survival and what they retain after returning home. The Manager frequently speaks of Kurtz in hushed tones. From the text Marlow can be argued to not actually telling a lie but letting those he is purported to have told the lie to continue thinking what they were thinking. Marlowe respectfully declines the advice.