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Heart of darkness essay Marlow hero in Joseph Conrads The Heart of Darkness bravely sets out into the depths of the Congo looking for truth and adventure He starts out with a strong set of moral beliefs concerning the greatness of truth and the evil of lies However things turn out to be not so black and white for Marlow and he ends his journey telling one of the greatest lies of all Marlow shows a strong passion for the truth until horrific truths are revealed and he surrenders himself to lies Conrad represents this as mans failure to speak the truth when faced with an ugly reality Marlows devotion for the truth is apparent and describes a lie as biting into something rottenpg45 As he begins his long story of the Congo he sits with the pose of a Buddha pg 9 as if sharing a piece of truth and enlightenment with his fellow sailors Then he begins to tell of the others in the Congo the Red-eyed devils - men who rape and murder on a great scale going at it blindly - the only way for those who tackle darkness pg 10 Marlow describes their ignorance to be the sin that they hold as well as their violence Then Marlow remembers his visit with his Aunt She believes that the company is in the Congo for noble missionary purposes Marlow however knows this is false and ventures to hint that the company was run for profit pg 19 instead of lying to protect her Next when he is actually in the jungle Marlow describes the jungle striking him as either evil or truthpg 23 This is where he actually defines truth as opposite of evil This definition changes drastically later on when evil becomes truth Marlow then discovers and identifies strongly with a painting by Kurtz In it a blindfolded woman holds a torch Marlow notices that the light
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