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When separated from technological civilization humans often adopt new values and different views on life The lack of technology and being surrounded by primitive beings changes ones perspective on the world Sometimes people change for the better but often for the worse In the novel Heart of Darkness a character Kurtz goes into the Congo to earn money for his future He lived with the natives of the land and they changed his view on life At first his main plan was to make money in order to pay for his marriage to his fianceacute but after time his views changed In order to enter the Congo Kurtz was to masquerade as someone who was going to civilize the natives and make their lives easier The company that was employing him was simply using him to get ivory and could not care less if Kurtz got killed when the natives realized that he was there for that reason Towards the end of the novel Kurtz was examining his life and said The horror The horror Conrad 105 When saying this Kurtz was speaking of the choices he had made in his lifetime which he had realized were unintelligent leaving his fianceacute the manner in which treated the natives and ultimately not returning to Brussels Kurtz chose to live in the Congo and leave his previous life behind including his wife He realized that he would rather have the power over people than the pressure of working for them The temptation of being a high power caused Kurtz to make errors and bad choices Kurtz regrets his choices at the end of his life He left behind the woman he used to love was going to marry and was the reason behind going to Congo just for a high position within a society Kurtz realized that he did not care about his wife and preferred his new primitive girlfriend The ivory which should have been
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