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Sharon Johnson Queer Theory Paper Marlow Homosocial or Homosexual or both In Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness the central character Marlow is sexually ambiguous but an argument can be made that Marlow is a homosexual with heterosexual tendencies The only women in this novel appear to be self absorbed the cause of mans downfall or just mere weavers in every sense of the word The female characters are not characters at all they are one-dimensional and are only mentioned if they are central to the male characters lives For instance Marlows aunt is not given a physical description and she is only mentioned because she pulls the necessary strings to get him on board a steamer She is simply a story line advancer Without her help Marlow would not have gotten on the steamer and he would not have had the chance to meet Kurtz The other female character--Kurtzs Intended is not named and she is only mentioned because it is she who urges Kurtz to go out and seek his fortune so they can marry She is materialistically driven and stereotypically female The other female in this novel is not a woman in any way she is merely symbolic of one a projection of the fears of a man who can be said to be impotent in every way This female is the main character and she reacts only when Marlow acts she is the jungle--a cavernous dark and damp place that scares Marlow more than anything else is Marlow hates everything about it from the inhabitants of it to the thickness and density of it to mans inability to control it Marlow skirts and at the same time gives the reader insight into his own sexuality by not indulging in any of the wayward seafaring tales about women that were sure to be told nightly by the other sailors While the principal women characters werent given names or physical
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