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Heart of Darkness
Transcript of Heart of Darkness
Section II Question 19
Marlow has yet to actually meet Kurtz. He has only heard stories and opinions of the man through others:
"He is a remarkable person [...] [He] sends
in as much ivory as all the
others put together."
The general manager had said
"[...] Mr. Kurtz
was the best agent he had, an exceptional
man, of great importance to the company."
He also said however,
he desires to get rid of him.
(Conrad 27, 40)
The painting found by Marlow, which belongs to Kurtz, is described as:
Marlow realizes that everything at the Inner Station belongs to Kurtz. Then, he wonders to what Kurtz might belong. Based on your understanding of Kurtz and Marlow's story thus far,
what do you think motivates Kurtz? To what beliefs does he subscribe?
"My Intended, my ivory, my station, my river [...] [e]verything [belongs] to him [...] [t]he thing was to know what he [belongs] to, how many powers of darkness claimed him for their own [...] [i]t was impossible -- it was not good for one either -- trying to imagine."
" [...] A small sketch in oils, on a panel, representing a woman, draped and blindfolded, carrying
a lighted torch."
Originally, Kurtz's main intention was to civilize the people of the Congo
However, his imperialistic or humanitarian beliefs diminish as he reaches
further into the
heart of Africa. . .