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gHeart of Darknessh written by Joseph Conrad holds thematically a wide range of references to problems of politics morality and social order It was written in a period when European exploitation of Africa was at a gruesome height Conrad uses double oblique narration A flame narrator reports the story as told by Marlow assigned to the command of a river steamboat scheduled to transport an exploring expedition Kurtz is a first-agent at an important trading post of ivory located in the interior of the Congo Both Marlow and Kertz found the reality through their work in Africa Marlow felt great indignation with people in the sepulchral city after his journey to the Congo region because he discovered through his work the reality of the universe such as the great virtue of efficiency the darkness in society and individuals and the surface reality When Kurtz found himself on his deathbed and he said gThe horror The horror referring to his life in inner Africa which caused him disintegration Marlow emphasized the virtue of gefficiencyh throughout the story because he thought of it as the only way to survive in the wilderness After seeing the dying natives in the forest of the outer station Marlow described them as ginefficienth Under gthe devotion to efficiencyh incompetent people were excluded from society Only efficient people can survive For example since Kurtz was the most efficient agent with regards to producing ivory his employers respected his achievement and regarded him as an essential person However once he fell into disintegration he was considered no more the than dying natives and thus was treated as if he were dead He was then buried in the darkness The symbol of inefficiency was the color green Marlow illustrated a picture of dying natives when he said gThey were black shadows of disease and starvation lying confusedly in the greenish gloomh20 Another example of inefficiency is shown in the description of the body of
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