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A Small Price to Pay In the novel Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad the seaman Marlow tells a big lie to Kurtzs Intended To Marlow there is a taint of death a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget He hates and detests those who lie but lowers himself to doing it himself at the end of the novel There are many reasons why he does this Unlike the lies the Manager and the Brickmaker might tell to further their own selfish agendas Marlows one lie serves to protect Kurtz and his Intended as well as to prevent the jungles darkness and evil from complicating the situation one last time Marlow lies because he knows that the truth would cause more pain and complication than it is worth He is ready to put this experience behind him and to move on with his life and he makes it easier for himself and the Intended by telling a lie At the end of the Heart of Darkness Marlow betrays his morals by telling a huge lie to Kurtzs Intended in order to protect the Intended from the painful truth to prevent the darkness of the jungle from having a prolonged effect and to continue his own loyalty to Kurtz and protect Kurtzs reputation that Marlow feels responsible to upkeep The first reason that Marlow lies is to protect the Intendeds vision of Kurtz She insists that she knew him the best and that Kurtz needed her The Intended states I - I alone know how to mourn for him as he deserves She also tells that she believed in him more that any one on earth - more than his own mother more than - himself He needed me Me Obviously Kurtz was very important to her She mourns for over a year and still holds him as an
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