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HTML1DocumentEncodingutf-8Mistah Kurtz in Heart of Darkness is one of Korzeniowskis revenants He rose unsteady long pale indistinct like a vapour exhaled by the earth and swayed slightly misty and silent before me 64 Kurtz originates in the misseds of time--after the brief attack by the natives Marlow concludes that Kurtz is now missing-- vanished--and confesses in his most intimate moment that his sorrow at this thought had a startling extravagance of emotion Seized with lonely desolation he feels as if he had been robbed of a belief or had missed his destiny in life 48 This sense of lack helps us understand why Conrads Marlow was anxious to deal with this shadow by myself alone--even though he adds to this day I dont know why I was so jealous of sharing with anyone the peculiar blackness of that experience 64 He is so to speak niggard of his narcissism he cannot truly share experience coming as it does out of his past because being known it would no longer be his unique individual peculiar past and he would then no longer be his present self As an author unconsciously compelled now to write volume after volume PR 18 he no doubt feels unconsciously compelled to protect his self-investment Besides as Marlow says of his fellow man upon his return from the depths of Congo-Conrads Inner Station I felt so sure they could not possibly know the things I knew 70--and why I had no clear perception of what it was I really wanted 71 Critics now commonly point to Marlows nervous disorder at the end hence beginning of the tale but above that narrator like the eye above the writing hand is another who paradoxically writes so as not to be understood--so to have the job the occupation of going-on-not-being- understood--and so as not to understand himself The inner truth is hidden--luckily luckily 36 When this subtle psychological machine functions You are so subtle
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