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Comparing Kurtz & Tom Buchanan to explore Joseph Conrad & F. Scott Fitzgerald’s view on materialistic moral degeneration

By Morgan Wood Idividual Oral Presentation 10/10/2012

Morgan Wood

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Transcript of Comparing Kurtz & Tom Buchanan to explore Joseph Conrad & F. Scott Fitzgerald’s view on materialistic moral degeneration

By Morgan Wood
Year 11 2012
Individual Oral Presentation
10/10/2012 Comparing Characters Col. Kurtz and Tom Buchanan to explore how the authors Joseph Conrad and F.Scott Fitzgerald have depicted the negative and corrupting qualities of human nature under the influence of power and wealth. What personality traits are common between characters that exhibit the resulting corruption from By utilising personalities of this kind the authors have enhanced the significance and value of their novels to advocate their opinions to the reader And Thus We Can See... Witkoski, Michael. "Joseph Conrad." Literary Reference Centre. Salem Press, Jan. 2009. Web. 5 Oct. 2012. <http://web.ebscohost.com/lrc/detail?sid=3c6f4a67-3105-472c-b529-

c101a30c2265%40sessionmgr11&vid=1&hid=7&bdata=JnNpdGU9bHJjLWxpdmU%3d#db=lfh&AN=103331MSW10849850000083>."Examine the Ways in Which The Great Gatsby Explores the Corruptive Effects of Wealth." Get GCSE Coursework, Essay and Homework Assistance including Assignments Fully Marked by Teachers and Peers. Get the Best Results Here. GSCE Essays, 3 July 2011. Web. 12 Sept. 2012.

<http://www.markedbyteachers.com/gcse/english/examine-the-ways-in-which-the-great-gatsby-explores-the-corruptive-effects-of-wealth.html>.Col. Kurtz. N.d. Photograph. Flickr. Yahoo!, 25 Jan. 2006. Web. 7 Oct. 2012.

<http://www.flickr.com/photos/heilemann/91032608/>.Bruce Dern — 1974 — as Tom Buchanan. N.d. Photograph. My Delineated Life. Blogspot, 28 Jan. 2012. Web. 7 Oct. 2012. <http://mydelineatedlife.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/not-good-role-model.html>.Štrba, Ivan, Mgr. "DECADENCE OF THE HUMAN CHARACTER – TOM BUCHANAN." Thesis. University of Prešo, n.d. Pulib. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.

<www.pulib.sk/elpub2/FHPV/Kacmarova1/pdf_doc/08.pdf>.Hollow Tree From Inside. N.d. Photograph. Chuck Lippmeier Enterprises. Chuck Lippmeier Enterprises, 16 Nov. 2003. Web. 7 Oct. 2012. <http://www.lippmeier.com/gpage10.html.html>. References... Thankyou for listening to my presentation! The Characterisation Insatiable Vacant Lack morality "Making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand" "Mr. Kurtz Lacked restraint in the gratification of his various lusts" "The fact that he had one was insisted upon wherever he was known. ...he turned up in popular cafes with her and, leaving her at a table...chatting with whomsoever he knew." - “I could see the cage of his ribs all astir, the bones of his arm waving. It was as though an animated image of death carved out of old ivory had been shaking its hand with menaces at a motionless crowd of men made of dark and glittering bronze.”- Kurtz-light and dark imagery, being compared to old ivory, animating death, the light is emaciated "He had them mesmerised, they helped him raid their own country, they adored him" Both suffer a superioirity complex. "His speaking voice...added to the impression of fractiousness he conveyed. There was a touch of paternal contempt in it, even toward people he liked..." Whilst both Tom and Kurtz have an unquenchible thirst for more, they posess contrasting fatal flaws, Whilst Kurtz started from nothing and is the ideal self-made man, He cannot stop. The mentality of greed overrides and becomes him, thrusting Kurtz into darkness where his mental and physical capabilities are exceeded leading to his inevitible death. Whereas dissimilarly Tom "has it all" and yet remains bored and unsatisified. *Both characters are symbolic representations of the author's view of how money and power can corrupt people

* It is known that Conrad had a profound influence on Fitzgerald. What was foreshadowed by Conrad was lived by Fitzgerald

*Each author wrote from the perspectives on either end of the industrialization spectrum

*Whilst Conrad makes a critique on King Leopold's colonization of the Congo and Fitzgerald on the compromising impacts of the shallow pursuit of materialistic wealth, the concept remains the same. Introduction
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