However, for Marlow as much as for Kurtz or for the Company, Africans in this book are mostly objects: Marlow refers to his helmsman as a piece of machinery, and Kurtz's African mistress is at best a piece of. How could transactions that lead to wholesale death be perfectly correct? Marlow notices an unusual painting on the wall, of a blindfolded woman with a lighted torch; when he asks about it, the brickmaker reveals that it is Kurtz's work. The other whites in Africa commit acts the enslavement and massacre of huge numbers of people that they don't even recognize as wrong. Although Kurtz behaves irrationally toward him, for the trader, the great man's philosophical mind offers a bulwark against the even greater irrationality of Africa. He is trying to simultaneously depict his journey up the river as a representation of his discovery of the innate wickedness present in all mankind, and how that knowledge progressed, as well as how concealed it was. He nursed Kurtz through two illnesses but sometimes would not see him for long periods of time, during which Kurtz was out raiding the countryside for ivory with a native tribe he had gotten to follow him.
In reality, Marlow's stream of visitors do not raise any new issues: in their excessive praise of Kurtz and their own lack of perspective, they resemble the Russian trader, who also took Kurtz as a kind of guru. Conrad shocks readers out of their complacency as he addresses his fascination with dark psychology through modernist inclinations of the rendering of consciousness, the narrator 's stream of consciousness and ambiguity. Actions are what you have to judge people by: actions can't lie, but words can. As society has evolved, however, Heart of Darkness has come under scrutiny, as the language is quite racist. We're never allowed to know more than Marlow himself, and Marlow knows only what he perceives through his senses. He also meets the Company's very proper chief accountant, who mentions a certain Mr. Marlow rushes inside the pilot-house.
He has plenty of his own. The author mounts detail on detail before finally putting them all together to find their significance. As Marlow's ability to captivate his listeners with his story suggests, charisma may be his link with Kurtz. As Marlow comes down with the same fever that claimed Kurtz, he vaguely recounts his comrades burying a body along the river. No wonder that, as an explorer for the Company, he becomes curious about Kurtz—so curious that he's willing to listen in on private conversations and even sacrifice some of his men along the way. He also sees a group of black prisoners walking along in chains under the guard of another black man, who wears a shoddy uniform and carries a rifle.
The Belgian monarch spoke rhetorically about the civilizing benefits of colonialism, but the Belgian version of the practice was the bloodiest and most inhumane. Much later, the cryptic message arrives that all the expedition's donkeys have died. But the irony of Marlow's story is not as pronounced as in a satire, and Marlow's and Conrad's attitudes regarding imperialism are never entirely clear. His criticisms of colonialism, both implicit and explicit, are pitched to an audience that is far more sympathetic toward the colonial enterprise than any twenty-first-century reader could be. Conrad tries to show us that Marlow is what Kurtz had been, and Kurtz is what Marlow could become. He notes that Kurtz had a fiancée, his Intended as Kurtz called her , waiting for him in Europe.
The narrator in particular seems to be shaken by Marlow's story. They are obsessed with keeping up a Kurtz's African mistress - A beautiful woman loaded with jewelry who appears on the shore when Marlow's steamer arrives at and leaves the Inner Station. Africa is responsible for mental disintegration as well as for physical illness. Brickmaker - The brickmaker, whom Marlow also meets at the Central Station, is a favorite of the manager and seems to be a kind of spy. Marlow notes that he never did find out what became of the hens. Is anyone enlightened by this tale? He makes only a brief appearance, just after Marlow's long talk with the brickmaker. The pilgrims are disdainful, and Marlow, for the most part, is left alone with Kurtz.
This means either that the European view of people is wrong and useless or else that there is something about Africa that makes men behave aberrantly. For Marlow, the grove is the dark heart of the station. Along the trip into the wilderness, they discover their true selves through contact with savage natives. Kurtz is rumored to be ill at his station upriver and that it's essential to get to him as soon as possible. Marlow tells us about the Ivory that Kurtz kept as his own, and that he had no restraint, and was. Marlow frightens the attackers away by sounding the steam whistle repeatedly, and they give off a prolonged cry of fear and despair.
She seems to be a leader of Kurtz's army; at least, she's the most fearless of his followers, the only one not petrified by the shriek of the steam whistle. I can hope for neither promotion nor increase of salary while he remains here. Marlow embarked on a spiritual adventure to the Congo, where he witnesses Kurtz, the man he has come so far to meet is engulfed in greed and has the natives look up to him as a godlike figure. The close structural parallel between The Heart of Darkness and the Inferno is not explicit at the Vestibule stage. When he eventually reaches Kurtz, Marlow's perception is obstructed and he physically and psychologically, does not know where he is.
The importance of restraint is stressed throughout Heart of Darkness. It seems safe to assume that Marlow is Conrad's stand-in. As he had done with the Russian trader, Kurtz takes advantage of his captive audience to hold forth on a variety of subjects. Marlow finds his foreman sitting on the deck of the ship and tells him that they will have rivets in three weeks, and they both dance around exuberantly. Imperialism is nevertheless at the center of Heart of Darkness. One reason most of the white characters in the novel are so unattractive is that they don't do their work. So why does he lie to Kurtz's fiancée at the end of this whole story? He confuses the beat of the drum the call to mans primitive side with his own heartbeat, and is pleased.
The Russian claims that Kurtz has enlarged his mind and cannot be subjected to the same moral judgments as normal people. But it wasn't always like that. Home is the seat of naïveté, prejudice, confinement, and oppression. Marlow disembarks at the Company's station, which is in a terrible state of disrepair. The narrator's attitude is that these men promoted the glory of Great Britain, expanded knowledge of the globe, and contributed to the civilization and enlightenment of the rest of the planet. But he exaggerated a few points for literary purposes.