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What is the climax of "Heart of Darkness"? I think it's when Kurtz dies.

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judythatsme | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2008 at 1:33 AM via web

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What is the climax of "Heart of Darkness"?

I think it's when Kurtz dies.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 9, 2008 at 3:15 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you are correct. The climax comes when Kurtz dies---leaving the mystery to what he means by "the horror, the horror." Kurtz had "stepped over the edge" while Marlow has stepped back from the madness that consumed Kurtz. The rest of the story is simply the resolution of Marlow's search and culmination in allowing Kurtz's intended to remain unaware of Kurtz's insanity.

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yuewon459 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 22, 2009 at 1:13 AM (Answer #2)

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would it be when marlow confront kurtz?

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