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Throughout the story Heart of Darkness there is a thin line between what is seen as reality and what is illusion The main character soon realizes that he has different interpretations of events and physical things than that of the Europeans Charlie Marlow first realizes how many things events and even people in Africa seemed misnamed by the Europeans distorting them from what they truly are Consequently he is wary of labeling something in case he might misname it and as a result devalue it In the end Kurtz who has already reached enlightenment will be the one to teach Marlow though not directly the significance of a name Charlie Marlow is the only one to be referred to by his name because through his journey to the inner station and consequent enlightenment he alone with Kurtz have realized the importance of a name and therefore deserve to have one attached to them as they are really the only people of actual importance and meaning As soon as Marlow reaches the coast of Africa he realizes a difference in the perception of certain events by him and his comrades on the boat As Marlows boat pulls up to the Outer Station he sees a man-of-war shelling the continent which is quickly clarified by a pilgrim to be a front against a camp of natives - he called them enemies - hidden out of sight somewhere Conrad 78 Marlow felt a touch of insanity in the whole concept of shelling the natives who had done nothing to be considered enemies or criminals and had very likely fled the area a long time ago Yet the Europeans feel that the natives are truly a threat and must be controlled Further along Marlow meets a pilgrim who is called the brick-maker yet promptly notices that there is not a scrap of brick anywhere in the station This is another example of how something in this case the brick-maker
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