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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a novel which deals with many aspects of civilized society and the effect that other worlds have upon civilized people Conrad particularly focuses on the changes that occur to people when they travel into the depths of Africa which he aptly refers to as the Heart of Darkness At this stage of the text Conrad through the character of Marlow is explaining to us the trip up the mighty river of Africa where he hopes to meet his idol the infamous Kurtz As we first enter this passage we see instantaneous imagery of a dangerous and threatening land -overhanging bushes in a whirl of broken twigs and flying leaves Followed immediately by reference to animal like beings following the steamer up the river these beings the natives of the land follow the intrusion which imposes upon them The way Marlow describes the figures upon the shore makes us think not of humans but ghosts in a foreign land He describes them as -vague forms of men running bent double leaping gliding distinct incomplete evanescent When the reality of it is they are the foreigners in their land Moments later Marlows helmsman falls speared directly before his feet Marlows continues steering as if nothing had occurred His whole purpose set upon keeping the steamer in the middle of the river He even comments on how hard it was to steer his gaze away from the dying man and concentrate on saving the rest of the men on board It is at this time that we see the first signs of Marlows hero like qualities shinning through He although confronted with a horrific sight managed to keep his mind focused and remain calm This is only one of the many hero like qualities which Marlow possess When all the commotion has faded and the air is once again free of smoke Marlow finals turns his attention to the dying
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