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Heart of Darkness 1 How does Marlow change during and after his experiences in the Congo What evidence is there of these changes In the novel Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad Marlow finds himself in a position where he is faced to accept the fact that the man he has admired and looked up to is a madman He realizes that Kurtzs methods are not only unethical but also inhumane Marlow comes to realize that Kurtz is evil and that he himself is also evil thus Marlows disillusion makes his identification with Kurtz horrifying As Marlow travels up the river he is constantly preoccupied with Kurtz Marlow says I seemed to see Kurtz for the first timethe lone white man turning his back suddenly on the headquarters on relief on thoughts of hometowards his empty and desolate station32 From the beginning of his trip he is compared to Kurtz by all of the people that he comes into contact with and great deals of his thoughts are of Kurtz He wonders how he will measure up to the standards that the company set for him what Kurtzs personality is like and what Kurtz would think of him The more obsessed he becomes with Kurtz the more he sets himself up for the horrible reality of what his new idol was truly made of Upon reaching Kurtzs station Marlows disillusion begins to set in He is greeted by an English-speaking Russian whom he takes for a man who on the surface is decent level-headed person but after short conversation it is apparent to Marlow that he is talking with a disturbed individual but that was not what bothered Marlow Hearing of and seeing the acts committed by Kurtz made Marlow uneasy and even afraid It was at this point that Marlow begins his denial of any affinity he feels with Kurtz He says in regard to the
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