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The nature of humanity has been questioned by philosophers for centuries Among the many theories in existence the theory of Thomas Hobbes that all people are born innately evil or that of John Locke in which all people are born pure and innately warm hearted are the most cited and talked about Linked to these ideas is the question of whether or not people are shaped and corrupted by society or if its heredity that determines a persons morals The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad brings different theories to the reader depending on how it is interpreted Even though opinion on the novels position may change from reader to reader it cannot be denied that the character of Kurtz brings about the focus of humanitys nature Towards the end of the novel there is a brief period in which Marlow speaks of Kurtz with admiration and praise I affirm that Kurtz was a remarkable man He had something to say He said it Since I had peeped over the edge myself I understand better the meaning of his stare that could not see the flame of the candle but was wide enough to embrace the whole universe piercing enough to penetrate all the hearts that beat in the darkness He had summed up - he had judged The Horror He was a remarkable man After all this was the expression of some sort of belief it had candor it had conviction it had a vibrating note of revolt in its whisper it had the appalling face of a glimpsed truth - the strange commingling of desire and hateTrue he had made that last stride he had stepped over the edge while I had been permitted to draw back my hesitating foot And perhaps this is the whole difference perhaps all the wisdom and all the truth and all the sincerity are just compressed into that inappreciable moment of time in which we step over
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