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Heart of Darkness - Marlows Lies- A lie is an untruth It can be a false statement or a statement left unsaid which causes someone to be misled In life lies are told for many different reasons In fiction they thicken the plot In Conrads Heart of Darkness Marlow dislikes lies and therefore only tells two both in extraordinary circumstances and the lies show the following about Marlow even though he has been touched by evil he is still a good man himself that he never actually tells a lie he lets others continue to believe what they already believe and that this helps him justify the lies Marlow in the middle of his story interupts himself to say You know I hate detest and cant bear a lie He does not think he is better than the rest of the world Lies simply appal him Marlow feels there is a taint of death and a flavor of mortality in lies Lying makes him feel miserable and sick like biting something rotten would do Since he feels this way he would only tell a lie in extraordinary circumstances The first lie was told by Marlow in extraordinary circumstances It was told because he had a notion it would somehow be of help to Mr Kurtz The lie was to allow the brick maker to think he had more influence in the company than he actually had This lie would help Kurtz in two ways Firstly it would help Marlow to get the rivets he needed to fix the boat and that would provide Kurtz with a means of communication or a way out of the jungle Secondly it would provide Kurtz with an ally who was perceived as influential Marlow knew that others were jealous of the success of Mr Kurtz
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