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Joseph Conrads novel Heart of Darkness is about a seaman namedCharlie Marlow and an experience he had as a younger man Early inthe novel it becomes apparent that there is a great deal of tensionin Marlows mind about whether he should profit from the immoralactions of the company he works for which is involved in the ivorytrade in Africa Marlow believes that the company is ignorant of thetension between moral enlightenment and capitalism Thedehumanization of its laborers which is so early apparent to Marlowseems to be unknown to other members of the Companys management In this story Marlows aunt represents capitalism Her efforts to gethim a job are significant because of the morally compromising natureof the work of which she seems totally ignorant When Marlow expressesdoubts about the nature of the work she replies You forget dearCharlie that the labourer is worthy of his hire 12 It is clearthat Marlow has mixed feelings about the whole idea At one pointtrying to justify his actions to himself he says You understand itwas a continental concern that Trading Society but I have a lot ofrelations on the living continent because its cheap and not so nastyas it looks they say 12 Marlow finally takes the job howeverand tells himself that the pain and unusually harsh treatment theworkers are subjected to is minimal During the tests and the requirements that he has to undergo beforeentering the jungle Marlow feels that he is being treated like afreak The doctor measures his head and asks him questions such asEver any madness in your family 15 In this part of the storyMarlow is made to feel small and unimportant Any feelings orconcerns that he has are not important to the company and as aresult he feels alone It is only logical that Marlow would have beensecond guessing his decision and feeling some kinship with the otherblack workers who are exploited but he does not
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