Black Mistress in Heart of Darkness What's the role of the Black Mistress in the book?

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Just a few pointers to get you started. It is very important to compare the black mistress to the Intended of Kurtz. Both of course have relations with Kurtz, but the Black Mistress, in the way that she is described and the role she has, seems to symbolise the "darkness" of Africa and the open sexuality that she embodies. It is entirely appropriate therefore that Kurtz has a relationship with her, as this symbolises his relationship with Africa as a whole and how he is able to acknowledge his darker side.

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