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As our narrator Marlow anticipates his departure for the Belgian Congo he relates to his audience his conception of women as trivial and idle in their interaction with reality Its queer how out of touch with truth women are They live in a world of their own 27 One may be so inclined as to concur with Marlows dismissive statement to discard any notion of feminine importance within Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness to focus instead upon issues of greater importance within the novella such as the question of Marlows racism or Conrads narrative frame and its implications However to ignore the role of women in this novella would result in an injustice upon ones fully developed interpretation of Heart of Darkness as women play an essential part in the comprehension of these dominant issues particularly in the unveiling of Marlows greatest curiosity the veiled truth within the mysterious character of Mr Kurtz In fact women serve as covert vehicles in uncovering the motivation behind Kurtzs fondness for the untamed Congolese wilderness facilitating Marlows discovery of Kurtzs diverse nature and ultimately illuminating Marlows perception of the civilized world Kurtzs captivation by the unruly African wilderness indeed baffles Marlow What could possibly entice a man of Kurtzs relatively civilized ancestry to become entranced by a land whose banks were rotting into mud whose waters were thickened into slime resembling the extremity of an impotent despair 29 The answer to this question lies in an examination of Kurtzs African companion This ornamented African woman however does not directly assist us in our understanding of Kurtzs attraction to the primordial jungle rather her physical description interpreted as a reflection of her natural surroundings acts as an indirect catalyst through which the reason for Kurtzs presence in the jungle is disclosed Kurtzs African consort warrants such descriptions as wild and gorgeous savage and superb wild-eyed and magnificent ominous and stately 77 She exudes an
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