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Inside every human soul is a savage evil side that remains separated by society Often this evil side breaks out during times of isolation from our culture and whenever one culture confronts another Whenever different cultures meet there is often a fear of contamination and loss of self that leads us to discover more about our true selves often causing madness by those who have yet to discover Joseph Conrads book The Heart of Darkness and the movie Apocalypse Now are both stories about Mans journey into his self and the discoveries to be made there They are also about Man confronting his fears of failure insanity and death During Marlows mission to find Kurtz he is also trying to find himself He like Kurtz had good intentions upon entering the Congo Joseph Conrad tries to show us that Marlow is what Kurtz had been and Kurtz is what Marlow could become Every human has a little of Marlow and Kurtz in them Along the trip into the wilderness they discover their true selves through contact with savage natives As Marlow ventures further up the Congo he feels like he is traveling back through time He sees the unsettled wilderness and can feel the darkness of its solitude The deeper into the jungle he goes the more awkward the inhabitants seem Kurtz had lived in the Congo and was separated from his own culture for quite some time He had once been considered an honorable man but the jungle changed him greatly Here set apart from the rest of his own society he discovered his evil side and became corrupted by his power and solitude Marlow tells us about the Ivory that Kurtz kept as his own and that he had no restraint Kurtz went insane and allowed himself to be worshiped as a god It appears that while Kurtz had been isolated from his culture he had become corrupted by this violent native culture
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