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There is a machine It evolved itself and behold it knits It knits us in it knits us out It has knitted time space pain death corruption despair and all the illusions and nothing matters Ill admit however that to look at the remorseless process is something interesting Joseph Conrad addresses the evils of this machine that has created modern society and molded its citizens in his book Heart of Darkness In the story Marlow the main character travels into the Congo He expects to enter a world where a code of moral conduct is followed but he quickly realizes that morality is not the way of this world or any world for that matter Marlow finds instead that the world is made up of corruption death and despair Corruption is the main theme of Heart of Darkness and it is reflected in many parts of the book First of all is Kurtz He had collected bartered swindled or stolen more ivory that all the other agents togetherpg 43 and no doubt committed all forms of corrupted deeds to get this ivory It was Kurtz who had ordered the attack to be made on the steamer pg 58 As the quote explains he even attacked Marlows ship full of defenseless men just so he could remain with the natives and continue to collect ivory Although the company despised Kurtz for his ruthless actions it was no less corrupt In a conversation Marlow has with his aunt She talked about weaning those ignorant millions from their horrid ways till upon my word she made me quite uncomfortable I ventured to hint that the company was run for profit A symbol of the corruption of the empire is the brick-maker He is referred to as a papier-mch Mephistophelespg 23 because Marlow thinks him to be shallow conceited and evil Mephistopheles is a metaphor for the Devil Marlow finds the corruption that surrounds him to be overwhelming and
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