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There have been few novels that have had the ability to change my perspectives about life and the world around us Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is not one of them Not because I disagree with or dislike his work He cant after all change my outlook on life if he and I share the same opinions One such thing is reflected in how our view of Kurtz is not too far from Marlows own in the beginning middle or end of the book This is of course not to say that our opinions and views of Kurtz do not change Far from it However as Marlows myopic views of Kurtz melt away in the light of truth which ironically revealed nothing but darkness ours do as well Our view of Kurtz is that he is a great man A man that defies description and conventional beleif and methods A man who all Europe was responsible for the making of Put simply Kurtz appears to be that last bastion of civilization in the Heart of Darkness The reader begins to want to see Kurtz in order to experience his greatness Kurtz Kurtz Kurtz Its truly all one can think about We HAVE to see Kurtz so that we will find out just what all the hubbub is about As I said before our views parallel Marlows Marlow becomes obsessed with Kurtz and reaching him to the point of what I thought to be an acute case of monomania Simply put Marlow has witnessed brutality savagery hatred prejudice injustice and misery in the Congo He has seen what civilized men are capable of when the ties that bind are cut He then hears that all Europe contributed to the making of Kurtz Ah Marlow thinks Perhaps there is some civility out in this Godforsaken corner of the earth Which explains why Marlow must see Kurtz I think that Kurtz or at
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