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Whether a reader connects to the symbolism of Heart Of Darkness or is merely reading it for fun one cannot go away from this story without a lingering feeling of uneasiness Joseph Conrad writes what seems to be a simple story about a man in search of an ivory hunter one must look deeper into the jungle which makes up the core of Heart Of Darkness where Conrad hides the meanings and symbolisms that shape this story Conrad has been accused of being a racist because of the way he portrays the natives in this story It is a controversy that continues even today It can be argued that because of the way he depicts the natives they cannot be an essential part of Heart of Darkness However if one reads between the lines it is obvious the story would not be shaped the way it was if the natives were not involved The natives in a sense create Kurtz They are his people and his followers Suddenly round the corner of the house a group of men appeared as though they had come up from the ground They waded waist-deep in the grass in a compact body bearing an improvised stretcher in their midst Instantly in the emptiness of the landscape a cry arose whose shrillness pierced the still airAnd is if by enchantment streams of human beings - of naked human beings - with spears in their hands with bows with shields with wild glances and savage movements were poured into the clearing by the dark-faced and pensive forest58-59 The first time Marlow meets Kurtz is in this scene It shows Kurtz not only depends on the natives for physical support but also for protection Conrads portrayal of the natives as human beings with wild glances and savage movements is ironic because Conrad does not think they have the right to be put on the same level as the white man even
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