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In the classic novel Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad takes us on a journey into the soul of man When the character of Marlow travels into the Congo of Africa to find Kurtz he realizes that he is in a place where the rules of society no longer constrain human nature and the frightening truths about human beings can be observed first hand Marlow discovers that human nature can experience its dark side This can be seen through the observation of Kurtz He also discovers that human nature can be altered subject to the constraints placed on it by the environment and that it is able to be either good or evil The temptation of evil existing especially in an environment lacking any rules creates turmoil in the human soul as it struggles between its conscience and its tendencies towards evil Kurtz confides in Marlow near the end of the book and from him Marlow learns about human nature as he examines Kurtzs destroyed soul Marlow says By being alone in the wilderness it had looked within itself andit had gone mad 146 Marlow observes how Kurtz struggles with himself and the horrors of the wilderness that he had given in to Furthermore when Marlow arrives at Kurtzs station he finds that Kurtz participates in horrible ceremonies such as the practice of placing beheaded natives heads on fence posts Marlow believes that the wilderness whispered to him things about himself which he did not know things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude -- and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating 133 Without the restrictions of people Kurtz is able to fulfill his inner desires and go beyond any restrictions that he may have had before In Kurtz Marlow sees the inconceivable mystery of a soul that knew no restraint no faith and no fear yet struggling blindly with itself 144 As Kurtz approaches death he struggles desperately
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