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A Journey into the Heart of Darkness The white man is evil or so says Joseph Conrad in his novel Heart of Darkness which describes the colonial transformation of the symbolize angelic African wilderness into an evil haven for the white man The novel presents a psychological journey into the core of evil or heart of darkness in ones own mind as he or she progresses through the jungle The reader follows Marlow the novels narrator along such a journey His psychological changes as he approaches the heart of darkness are evident as the reader observes in his views of the African natives lying and Kurtz Marlow is an honest man He sets out on a genuine search for answers to his questions of exploration of the unknown when he was a little chap Marlow was drawn to a certain place on the world map called the Congo the biggest the most blank so to speak---that he had a hankering after Upon first entering the mouth of the Congo River Marlow declares his stance on lies and those who lie He believes that lying in the worst thing for a person He vows never to lie in his life After reading Kurtzs report about his progress down the Congo Marlow finds that Kurtz lied and in part loses all the respect he ever had for Kurtz However Marlow still continues to pursue him Marlow continues his journey up the Congo River piercing further and further into the heart of darkness In the process Marlow reverts back to his innate state to survive whether or not that means going against his principles Finally 200 miles later Marlow meets Kurtz who is the object of his psychological desire only to find him very ill After Kurtzs death Marlow finds himself transformed into a person he thought he would never become a liar Marlow lies to Kurtzs intended about Kurtzs last words when he returns to Europe After
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