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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Setting The author placed the novels setting on a stream boat on a river near London The Nellie a cruising yawl swung to her anchor without a flutter of the sails and was at rest Then the narrator tells his story in a flash back which he tells about Marlows experiences in the African jungle specifically on the Congo river The majority of the story is told in flash back about the voyage in to the heart of darkness Characters The central character is obviously Marlow He is a man of modesty and courage which are not stereotypical traits of a sailor which he has become The book focuses morally on his personal character and then describes to the norm of the rest of the world The character that Marlow becomes obsessed with later is Kurtz He is a mysterious dark man who made money trading ivory down the Congo river In the interior you will no doubt meet Mr Kurtz On my asking who Mr Kurtz was he said he was a first-class agent here Marlow is talking to a captain and first finds out about Kurtz Later he finds out that he transports ivory Among other insignificant characters on the boat deck of the Nellli were a lawyer and an accountant Their role seemed as only to be and audience to Marlow and the other unnamed narrator Point of View The point of view is from Marlow but the tale is told from a nameless observer This is the reason why the novel is in third person and Marlows is refereed to also in third person Marlow sat cross-legged right aft leaning against the mizzenmast He had sunken cheeks a yellow complexion a straight back an ascetic aspect and with his arms dropped the palms of hands outwards resembled an idol Also the previous quote shows a honest virtue by being compared
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