Essay on Analysis Of Joseph Conrad 's Heart Of Darkness

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Throughout Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness Kurtz’s last words help Marlow formulate a revering demeanor towards Kurtz, which leads him to establishing his own mindset about the maliciousness of imperialism and assist Marlow in understanding what Kurtz had seen. Imperialism was a hot discussion throughout Marlow’s time period, and Marlow never genuinely looked into it. However, his point of view towards imperialism changes when he meets Kurtz and listen to his last words. Kurtz’s words not only affect Marlow’s views, but they also affect his lifestyle and actions after the Congo.

When Marlow first came to the Congo, he had constantly heard about Kurtz and his prestige because he brought more ivory than any other agent. Hearing about Kurtz, Marlow establishes a respect towards Kurtz for his actions, which leads to the reason why Marlow went to find him. Kurtz’s last words take the toll on Marlow the most, because he revered him so much. The words “The horror! The horror!” doesn’t mean a lot to others, but do to Marlow. Marlow reflects on the Kurtz’s last words, “This is the reason why I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man. He had something to say. He said it. Since I had peeped over the edge myself, I understand better the meaning of his stare, that cold not see the flame of a candle, but was wide enough to embrace the whole universe…” (Conrad, 3.106). Kurtz’s last words affect Marlow because of his respect and his admiration for Kurtz. Kurtz’s last words “The horror!…

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