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In Heart of Darkness, what is Kurtz's character?

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While it is accepted that Kurtz is an evil man, he is also very complex; he has his own reasons for being in the jungle, but also performs his tasks as a gatherer of ivory better than anyone else. The manager who sends Marlow out to find Kurtz calls him:

"'He is an emissary of pity, and science, and progress, and devil knows what else."

Kurtz is able, through his great charisma and ability with language, to affect men and cause them to admire him. He is also capable of incredible brutality, and has used his control over the native peoples in the jungle to enforce his role as dictator through...

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