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People often discover great things throughout the troubling times in their lives The greatest trials faced can lead to the greatest realizations that can be made In the novella Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Mr Kurtz experiences this kind of revelation The novella focuses on the story of Marlow going to Africa and finding Mr Kurtz When they meet Mr Kurtz is very ill and Marlow notices how Kurtz has wasted his life in Africa It can be inferred by Kurtzs last words The horror The horror that he too realizes that he has accomplished nothing throughout his life This understanding only comes to Kurtz in his time of greatest darkness Because Conrad uses aggressive diction and a despairing tone effectively the reader can infer that Kurtzs greatest illumination comes from the moment of greatest darkness in Kurtzs career To begin horror is a horrific word The denotation of the word horror is an overwhelming and painful feeling caused by something frightfully shocking terrifying or revolting a shuddering fear There are many other words with the same or a similar denotation but most words do not have the horrible connotation that horror has The word horror creates a feeling of fear terror and desperation This diction emphasizes the true horror of Kurtzs situation Conrads repetition of The horror also stresses the seriousness of Kurtzs situation Repetition is typically used for emphasis of important events or themes in literature By repeating The horror Conrad is able to show how deep Kurtzs pain for his life is As he is dying Kurtz finally realizes he has accomplished nearly nothing in the Congo Most readers think that Kurtzs dying words represent despair at the encounter with human depravitythe heart of darkness This insight causes a great deal of pain to Kurtz because he realizes at his weakest moment that he will never be able to turn his life around Also throughout the novella there is a constant
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