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Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is in actuality two stories One is the story of Charlie Marlows trip from Europe to the uncivilized Africa and back home to Europe again The second is the story of a conflict between the manager of an ivory company and Kurtz an ivory agent These two stories make the plot and together unify the theme of the novelThe main character in this novel is Charlie Marlow a 32-year-old seaman on his first freshwater voyage up the Congo River Conrad uses Marlow as a narrator so that he can enter the story in able to tell it from his own point of view Marlow is disgusted by the managers senseless cruelty toward the blacks Throughout the book he longs to meet Kurtz the ivory agent In the course of the journey he turns away from the white people because of their brutality and turns toward the jungle which was dark and symbolized truth he finally welcomes and appreciates the black people He begins to connect with Kurtz long before they meet till they form a symbolic unity Marlow and Kurtz are the light and dark souls of one personKurtz also came to the Congo for good deeds He wanted to turn ivory station into beacon lights to offer a better way of life to the natives Kurtz was a poet writer artist musician politician ivory procurer and chief agent of the ivory companys Inner Station at Stanley Falls Kurtz is also a thief murderer raider and even allows himself to be worshiped as a god Marlow does not see Kurtz till hes sick and very physically ill that it shows Marlow says that his head is so bald that it resembles an animated image of death carved out of old ivory Kurtz is the violent devil whom Marlow describes at the beginning of the story The manager based on the real person Camille Delcommune is the villain of the
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