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by Joseph Conrad

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Comment on Conrad's use of archetypes in Heart of Darkness.

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Simple literary archetypes may be found in Kurtz and Marlow . Kurtz is villain, evil incarnate, capable of the worst kind of human degradation. Marlow is hero, one who undertakes a perilous journey; faces death; encounters, resists, and overpowers evil (Kurtz); and survives destruction. He lives to tell the tale, and he plays the part of the hero again when he protects Kurtz's fiancee from the...

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