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There have been few novels that have had the ability to change my perspectivesabout life and the world around us Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is not one ofthem Not because I disagree with or dislike his work He cant after all change my outlookon life if he and I share the same opinions One such thing is reflected in how our viewof Kurtz is not too far from Marlows own in the beginning middle or end of the book This is of course not to say that our opinions and views of Kurtz do not change Farfrom it However as Marlows myopic views of Kurtz melt away in the light of truthwhich ironically revealed nothing but darkness ours do as well Our view of Kurtz is that he is a great man A man that defies description andconventional beleif and methods A man who all Europe was responsible for themaking of Put simply Kurtz appears to be that last bastion of civilization in the Heartof Darkness The reader begins to want to see Kurtz in order to experience hisgreatness Kurtz Kurtz Kurtz Its truly all one can think about We HAVE to see Kurtzso that we will find out just what all the hubbub is about As I said before our views parallel Marlows Marlow becomes obsessed withKurtz and reaching him to the point of what I thought to be an acute case of monomania Simply put Marlow has witnessed brutality savagery hatred prejudice injustice andmisery in the Congo He has seen what civilized men are capable of when the ties thatbind are cut He then hears that all Europe contributed to the making of Kurtz AhMarlow thinks Perhaps there is some civility out in this Godforsaken corner of theearth Which explains why Marlow must see Kurtz I think that Kurtz or at least thethought of him was serving as an anchor for Marlows sanity or his soul or perhapsThese views however do
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