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Sometimes a character one that is barely mentioned in the novel can be an integral part of the novel itself - one who brings out one of the novels main themes Kurtz is one such example in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness The mystery in this novel is mainly about a character named Kurtz whom Marlow desires to meet and speak with Kurtz like many others changes due to overexposure in the African jungle But even after Marlow meets with Kurtz Kurtz is still a mystery to Marlow and to Conrads readers To Marlow Kurtz became widely known as the man with many faces -like adding an entire new identity over his body In the novel Kurtz can be viewed in many perspectives He could be the flabby devil he could be an honest man and he could even be mindless idiot who was overwhelmed by Africa Because of Kurtzs constant changes his mysteriousness starts to cloud the readers impression of Kurtz His ambiguity of his nature not only reflects how Africa changes a person entirely but also the mysteriousness of Africa itself Through his ambiguity Kurtz teaches Marlow a lesson that all men are hiding from the truth but Kurtz still reveals himself more like a cipher a mysterious human code Conrad uses Kurtz as one of his prime examples to represent the mystery of Africa from Kurtzs many faces to Africas effect on Kurtz as well as the other Europeans Conrad wants to point out that everyoneeverything possesses a mystery within themselves - an idea Marlow soon realizes through Kurtzs final words The Horror The Horror 64 Kurtz however before his venture to the African jungle was just an ordinary Englishman with hopes and dreams To many people back home he was known to be a loving intelligent young man He also had been essentially a great musician but that all changed after he came and lived in Africa for a number of
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