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A Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad tells the story of a mans journey through parts of Africa while confronting his fears of insanity failure death and cultural contamination The man Marlow being the protagonist had to overcome inner fears the antagonistIt begins with Marlow and a group of men with well-respected professions in a ship on the Thames River He begins to speak about an experience he had in Africa The story starts with his aunt assisting him in getting a job with the Administration Department of a seafaring exploration company that gathers ivory Marlow was to replace a captain who was killed on a trip Upon entering the company office he feels everyone looking at him with pity and the doctor who administered his physical asked him if his family had a history of insanity This puzzles Marlow but he does not think much of it The next day he embarks on a one-month journey to the primary company station Along the trip Marlow notices that the African shores are dark desolate and anything but welcoming He also comes to find out that one of the company members had recently committed suicide In the midst of the gloomy atmosphere Marlow meets a well-dressed respected man who introduces himself as the Chief Accountant of the company They become friends until Marlow observes his temper After a total of ten days with the man Marlow departs for his 200-mile journey to the center of the Congo where he will work for a man named Kurtz During the trip to meet Kurtz Marlow tried to find himself The company finds their true selves through contact with the savage natives He finds that the deeper they travel into the jungle they go the more unsettled wilderness he sees Kurtz becomes a very important character in the story because of his similarities to Marlow Both Marlow and Kurtz entered the Congo with good intentions an English education
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