Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Discuss the representation of white women, and any symbolic representation that might be present in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.  

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The most significant white woman portrayed in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness would be Kurtz's fiancee (his "intended"). When Marlow sees her almost a year after Kurtz's death, she is still mourning as if he had died yesterday or even that day: her sorrow has not abated at all. However, she is a part of the "civilized" world and knows nothing about what Kurtz had become while in the jungles of the Congo.

She asks Marlow questions, and he works hard to say what she wants or even needs to hear—without revealing the ugly truth, though it might be safe to infer that this woman so idolized Kurtz that she might never have believed anything but the highest praise of him.

"You knew him well," she murmured...

"Intimacy grows quickly out there," I said. "I knew him as well as it is possible for one man to know another."

"And you admired him," she said. "It was impossible to know him and not to admire him. Was it?"

Marlow treads carefully as he speaks to her. Her...

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