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Marlow and Kurtz as Doubles in Heart of Darkness In Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness Marlow and Kurtz can be seen as a set of psychological doubles Kurtz is what Marlow could have become if confronted with the same choices Although Marlow could have easily succumbed to the darkness he does not become like Kurtz because of what he sees when he gets to Africa Marlow sees and hears of the harsh treatment forced upon the natives by the Europeans Marlow understands that the Europeans are only in Africa for profit and to civilize the natives Marlow begins his journey in the Congo hoping to find great adventure Marlow like Kurtz enters the Congo with good intentions Marlow calls the Congo the biggest the most blank so to speak place on the map but he is remarkably drawn to it 1968 When Marlow first arrives in Africa he sees first hand the harsh treatment the Europeans have forced upon the natives Marlow is walking to the company station and sees a line of chained natives and remarks I could see every rib the joints of their limbs were like knots tied in a rope each had an iron collar on his neck and all were connected together 1968 It finally becomes clear to Marlow what the Europeans are doing in Africa when he remarks Ive seen the devil of violence and the devil of greed and the devil of hot desire but by all stars These were strong lusty red-eyed devils that swayed and drove men-men I tell you But as I stood on this hillside I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby pretending weak eyed of a rapacious and pitiless folly How insidious he could be too I was only to find out several months later1968 Here Marlow calls the Europeans devils and mentions that he will soon meet another
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