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The Accountant within the Heart of Darkness
Transcript of The Accountant within the Heart of Darkness
Who is the Accountant?
An employee of the Outer Station who is a well dressed man.
What Does He Symbolize?
The Company as it wants to be seen.
Why Was He Placed in the Novel?
He shows how the Company can be hypocritical and selfish, believing that they can take everything that "belongs" to them.
Quotes from the Novel
[The accountant]: "What a frightful row," he said. He crossed the room gently to look at the sick man, and returning, said to me, "He does not hear." "What! Dead?" I asked, startled. "No, not yet," he answered, with great composure. Then alluding with a toss of the head to the tumult in the station-yard, "When one has got to make correct entries, one comes to hate those savages—hate them to the death." Chapter 1 pg. 86
The Accountant within the
Heart of Darkness
By Dashia Gallegos & Isabel Duran
AP English 4
Is always engaged in his work, representing the Company's strive towards perfection and excellence.
Clearly a perfectionist
Gives off hints that the whites have hatred towards the natives
Believes in having no distractions, such as emotional connections towards anyone or anything
Superiority over the natives and gaining respect.
Desire to seem "morally spotless".
No matter the situation, the Company must keep their professionalism intact.
The accountant gives specific details of the man behind the Company, as well as their main goals and methods.
Suggests that his work is what keeps the Company stabilized.
Used as a polished cover up to disguise the Company's more disheveled appearance and its true intentions
"I met a white man, in such an unexpected elegance of get-up that in the first moment I took him for a sort of vision. I saw a high starched collar, white cuffs, a light alpaca jacket, snowy trousers, a clean necktie, and varnished boots. No hat. Hair parted, brushed, oiled, under a green-lined parasol held in a big white hand. He was amazing, and had a penholder behind his ear." Chapter 1 pg. 84
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