Kurtz as Satan Essay

1688 Words Jan 6th, 2012 7 Pages
There was a reason that European colonizers were nick-named the "white devils." They slithered their way in like serpents and turned the known world of the natives into a world of chaos. Every white settler was a Satan in his own way. Mr. Kurtz, a leading character in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is the prime example of the white devils in Africa, following the pattern set out by John Milton for a perfect Prince of Darkness in Paradise Lost in his portrayal of Satan to a point. Their characteristics and motivations are paralleled in almost every sense, differing only in the backdrop and in the ends that these characters meet. Once the similarities between Satan and Mr. Kurtz start, they never seem to end. It's as though Conrad …show more content…
The similarities between Kurtz and Satan continue in their environments and how they feel about being lost souls. Though their worlds are nowhere near the same in the physical sense, both exist in a wasteland that has consumed them, a place that sucks the humanity right out of them. When we meet both of these characters in each of their stories, they are both suck in their wasteland with no way out, leading every fiber of their being to reflect their wasteland. Satan's wasteland is literally his own personal Hell, a place of brimstone and fire, described by Milton as A dungeon horrible on all sides round As one great furnace flamed, yet from those flames No light, but rather darkness visible Served only to discover sights of woe, Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace And rest can never dwell, hope never comes That comes to all; but torture without end Still urges, and a fiery deluge, fed With ever-burning sulfur unconsumed," Satan chooses to love his wasteland, saying comments “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven,” He commits his entire existence to thwarting the good deeds of God, saying evil has become his good. Satan has no restraint in releasing his hatred of God in as many ways as possible, his revenge consumes him in every sense and diseases his mind. Kurtz, however, does not verbally commit to loving his wasteland; instead he yields to it, at times

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