Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Explain how the full presentation of Kurtz is essential to the development of the social commentary and meaning of the work as a whole. This is in connection with my other question about Kurtz being evil for my research paper. Please help.

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I would like to think that Conrad presented Kurtz in a full manner to bring out the complexities in human character.  From a historical point of view, this can be extrapolated to refer to how the Age of Exploration and Colonization can be viewed.  In presenting Kurtz in a full manner, one cannot derive easy answers and has to wrestle with complexity before making a judgment.  For example, if Kurtz is seen as entirely evil, how does one explain his love for his...

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