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An Analysis of Kurtz in the Heart of Darkness


Heart of Darkness informs the tale of a male named Marlow and his mission to discover the almost mythical figure of Kurtz. Kurtz is a station chief working for a Dutch trading business at the very end of the Congo river. Kurtz, along with the other station chiefs who are operating at numerous stations along the Congo river, are charged to harvest the plentiful natural deposits of the big African continent, mostly ivory.

Marlow, who is a knowledgeable sailor and river boat pilot, is charged by the company that utilizes Kurtz to lead an exploration into the heart of the African Congo to find Kurtz and determine why he has stopped shipping ivory.

Marlow eventually discovers his male, only to discover that Kurtz has actually slipped into madness. Kurtz dies on the trip back out of Africa, only to utter his last words, “The scary! The horror! “. Kurtz has also doodled all over his report which he was to kip down to his superiors on the circumstance and individuals of the African continent. The doodling read “GET RID OF ALL THE BRUTES”. These two phrases hold important meaning in Heart of Darkness, as it describes how Kurtz really felt at the end of his journey. Kurtz was explained a number of times to Marlow before and throughout the trip as a various kind of guy.

This colonial duration was well-known for the hypocrisy of the European Empires, who in their double edged mission of spreading out the culture of the white man while collecting resources of the foreign lands of the world, terribly failed on the former and were astonishingly successful at the latter. Kurtz was expected to be a different sort of guy. He was explained to Marlow as being a real humanitarian, a male who would not just turn a profit for the business but at the exact same time uplift and civilize the natives of Africa.

Marlow was exceptionally pleased with Kurtz and aspired to finally see the guy for himself. What Marlow found could not have been further from the fact. When Marlow finally see’s Kurtz and his substance for the very first time, he’s shocked to discover that the male is almost held in respect by the villagers. He has actually likewise taken an apparent mate from the villagers. Marlow soon discovers that Kurtz utilized his arrival on the boat and his belongings of guns as a method to awe the villagers into accepting him as their demi god.

Marlow eventually finds Kurtz, who is by now very sick both physically and mentally, crawling along a jungle path during the night towards a village celebration. Marlow cuts him off and decides that if Kurtz won’t choose him of his own free will, he will kill him right then and there. Kurtz relents and allows Marlow to take him back to civilization. The next morning Marlow loads Kurtz onto the boat and they start their journey back to Europe. It is throughout this trip on the river out of Africa that Kurtz, who is gradually dying, has a moment of clarity.

His last words are” The scary! The scary! “. These words are symbolic of what Kurtz felt at recognizing that he had actually ended up being much more “savage” than the so called savages. Kurtz delegates his papers that he was writing to Marlow. The documents were planned originally to be a humanitarian paper on the excellent Kurtz had provided for the villagers. Scribbled throughout the papers now, were the words “ERADICATE ALL BRUTES! “. These words are a paradox for the objective that Kurtz meant to fulfill. His humanitarian mission had degenerated into an objective of violence and exploitation.

He no longer meant to help the people of Africa, he planned to eliminate them and take as much from them as they could. Kurtz in the end revealed in his last words what ends up being of a guy who voluntarily walked into a colony thinking he could be a hero to an individuals he believed below him. In truth, he ended up turning into the true definition of a “savage”. He ended up being a person who killed without any grace in order to take what he desired. In his moment of clarity, he recognized the scary of the what he had actually ended up being. His objective of annihilating the brutes had actually succeeded up until his sad, lonely death.

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