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In Heart of Darkness, the narrator Marlow does not loiter in the shade of the clump of...

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roman040493 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 22, 2010 at 7:48 AM via web

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In Heart of Darkness, the narrator Marlow does not loiter in the shade of the clump of trees because?

A)he was horrified by the skeletal workers resting there. B)it was too breezy there. C) he wanted to go get another biscuit from the Swede. D) it was full of snakes.

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM (Answer #1)

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The correct answer to your question is "A."  Marlow has jumped out of the frying pan into the fire in this scene.  He has gone to the trees to avoid having to observe the misery of the chain gain passing by him, but when he reaches the trees he see men all around him black shapes, men who were under the trees in various stages of dying, "black shadows of disease and starvation..." (82). He describes the face of one man close to him:  

....slowly the eyelids rose and the sunken eyes looked up at me, enormous and vacant, a kind of blind, white flicker in the depths of the orbs, which died out slowly.... (82).

Marlow sees many sights like this on his way to Kurtz, and in fact, it is really Kurtz who best expresses the darkness of colonial Africa, which is not the darkness of the black people, but of the people who colonize Africa. As Kurtz dies, his final words are "The horror! The horror! (147). 

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quddoos | Valedictorian

Posted October 12, 2013 at 12:18 AM (Answer #2)

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A - 100% sure- final answer. 

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