Marlow’s inability to be concise takes truth away from what he says. The novel is broken down into three parts. Within each part, the dialogue is substantially by Marlow. Conrad writes Marlow’s dialogue in large paragraphs with pauses shown by dashes. First and foremost, the long paragraphs are filled to the brim with detail. However, it is often unclear detail: for example, “an inclined and melancholy pole” (37). What does Marlow mean by inclined or melancholy? “Inclined” meaning to “have a tendency” or “favorably disposed toward.” Then, “melancholy” just simply meaning “sad.” Marlow is, ultimately, saying that this pole has a tendency to be sad. He describes things for decoration. This asserts his artificial perspective. Secondly, the use of dashes connotes pauses. In this excerpt alone, there are up to eight dashes. His constant pauses provide evidence that he is uncertain of the events.
Moreover, Marlow cannot decide whether the author’s name is Towson or Towser. However, he can effortlessly describe the book as earnest. Marlow is not in a position to describe anything as “honest” because he himself is not totally honest. How can a man judge what is true if he is not true to what he says? For example, earlier in the novel, Marlow reduces the importance of his journey when he sarcastically responds to his aunt. He is not honest to the readers (although notably sarcastic) from the beginning; therefore, it does not find him well to describe anything as