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In the classic novel Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad takes us on a journey intothe soul of man When the character of Marlow travels into the jungle of Africa to findKurtz he realizes that he is in a place where the rules of society no longer constrainhuman nature and the frightening truths about human beings can be observed first handMarlow finds that human nature is something terrible and unlimited by observing theeffects of such freedom on Kurtz He also discovers that human nature is able to be alteredsubject to the constraints placed on it by the environment and that it is able to be eithergood or evil The temptation of evil existing the most in an environment lacking any rulescreates a turmoil in the human soul as it struggles between its conscience and itsKurtz confides in Marlow near the end of the book and from him Marlow learnsabout human nature as he examines Kurtzs destroyed soul Marlow says By being alonein the wilderness it had looked within itself andit had gone mad p150 Marlowobserves how Kurtz struggles with himself and the horrors of the wilderness that he hadgiven in to When Marlow arrives at Kurtzs station he finds that Kurtz participates inhorrible ceremonies like one in which he beheaded natives and placed their heads on fenceposts as symbols Marlow believes that the wilderness whispered to him things abouthimself which he did not know things of which he had no conception till he took counselwith this great solitude -- and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating p138Without the constraints of society Kurtz is able to fulfill his inner desires and go beyondany restraints that he may have had before In Kurtz Marlow sees the inconceivablemystery of a soul that knew no restraint no faith and no fear yet struggling blindly withAs Kurtz approaches death he struggles desperately with himself and the evil thathe had resigned his soul too Both the diabolic love and the unearthly hate
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