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Marlows Journey into Kurtz In Joseph Conrads novel Heart of Darkness we are shown man insights into the darkness that is the Congo His characters Marlow and Kurtz undergo similar journeys through the evil and dark regions of their minds However Marlow is able to realize the darkness inside of him and retain his sanity before he reverts to a savage animal like Kurtz Marlows disillusionment begins as early as when he comes onto the shores of Africa what you expect is almost never what you get Marlow travels into the Congo and not only meets Kurtz but also becomes a reflection of him as he undergoes numerous changes in mind and body As Marlow starts his journey on the Nellie he realizes the change of atmosphere and the change inside the people He sees the savages the enemies or at least the people he had one time believed were the enemies right there standing before him and all around him He later realizes that these people he had one time viewed as savage and unjust are merely black shadows of disease and starvation24 Marlow sees the natives clinging to the shade as it seems safe and peaceful but as he enters the shade he realizes it is a gloomy circle of some inferno26 Marlow experiences how easy it is to be totally consumed by the true heart of this inferno this darkness The Inner Station is where Marlow finds Kurtz as well as himself As Marlow meets Kurtz he identifies with him and finds many of the same qualities in himself He idolizes Kurtz he sees a free and rebellious quality that he wishes he could possess Marlow sees that Kurtz has embraced his savage side when he travels with the savages into the forest Marlow tries to distance himself from Kurtz in his mind He tries to make himself believe that he is not like Kurtz and he
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