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The Nature Of Man For centuries man has argued over the nature of man The Catholic church teaches original sin society shows us survival of the fittest while others preach that there is an inert goodness in human nature The reality of mans nature cannot be so simply defined Throughout Joseph Conrads stories The Heart of Darkness and Secret Sharer he uses characterization in counterpoint to reveal that man has both a dark and light side In each story he has one character represent the dark and another represent the light in man Conrad links the two contrasting characters through imagery descriptions symbols and goals In Heart of Darkness Marlow is compared to Kurtz and in The Secret Sharer the Captain is compared to Legatt Through the comparison of Marlow and Kurtz in the Secret Sharer the reader sees the two sides of man The first description of Marlow before hes voyaged to the Heart of Darkness is sunken cheeks a yellow complexion a straight back an ascetic aspect and with his arms dropped the palms of hands outwards resembled an idol He speaks of the civilizing of people with different complexions and flatter noses Like Kurtz Marlow came to the Congo in an attempt to get rich off the ivory trade With the wealth he also hoped to gain respect and status He didnt believe in the exploitation of men and as he journeyed to evils heart his disgust with this exploitation would forge a new direction that would keep him from becoming what Kurtz has already became When Marlow first asks of Mr Kurtz the Brickmaker explains that they are very much alike belonging to the new gang of virtue both with the intent to lighten the Dark Continent with pity and science and prog ress Kurtz is a good painter speaker writer ivory trader and is well educated Despite is overwhelming expertise and value to the company he is only described with
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