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Table of Contents Plot Overview Heart of Darkness centers around Marlow, an introspective sailor, and his journey up the Congo River to meet Kurtz, reputed to be an idealistic man of great abilities.
Marlow takes a job as a riverboat captain with the Company, a Belgian concern organized to trade in the Congo. Marlow arrives at the Central Station, run by the general manager, an unwholesome, conspiratorial character.
He finds that his steamship has been sunk and spends several months waiting for parts to repair it. His interest in Kurtz grows during this period. The manager and his favorite, the brickmaker, seem to fear Kurtz as a threat to their position.
Kurtz is rumored to be ill, making the delays in repairing the ship all the more costly. Marlow eventually gets the parts he needs to repair his ship, and he and the manager set out with a few agents whom Marlow calls pilgrims because of their strange habit of carrying long, wooden staves wherever they go and a crew of cannibals on a long, difficult voyage up the river.
The dense jungle and the oppressive silence make everyone aboard a little jumpy, and the occasional glimpse of a native village or the sound of drums works the pilgrims into a frenzy. Marlow and his crew come across a hut with stacked firewood, together with a note saying that the wood is for them but that they should approach cautiously.
Shortly after the steamer has taken on the firewood, it is surrounded by a dense fog. When the fog clears, the ship is attacked by an unseen band of natives, who fire arrows from the safety of the forest.
The Russian claims that Kurtz has enlarged his mind and cannot be subjected to the same moral judgments as normal people. Apparently, Kurtz has established himself as a god with the natives and has gone on brutal raids in the surrounding territory in search of ivory.
Kurtz speaks to them, and the natives disappear into the woods. The manager brings Kurtz, who is quite ill, aboard the steamer. The Russian implies that she is somehow involved with Kurtz and has caused trouble before through her influence over him.
The Russian reveals to Marlow, after swearing him to secrecy, that Kurtz had ordered the attack on the steamer to make them believe he was dead in order that they might turn back and leave him to his plans. The Russian then leaves by canoe, fearing the displeasure of the manager.
Kurtz disappears in the night, and Marlow goes out in search of him, finding him crawling on all fours toward the native camp. Marlow stops him and convinces him to return to the ship.
Marlow falls ill soon after and barely survives. She asks what his last words were, but Marlow cannot bring himself to shatter her illusions with the truth.Apr 01, · Heart of Darkness - check.
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Nov 10, · Between us and Marlow, the protagonist of Joseph Conrad’s novel Heart of Darkness, there is a certain distance. His trip to Africa, told in the first person, is reported by an anonymous narrator through almost entirely quoted speech, like the transcription of an interview.