In Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, what are the different tests Marlow faces during his journey?
When Marlow first arrives at the Lower Station, he has to learn to cope with the harsh reality he is presented with. Here Africans (many of whom are starving and dying) have been enslaved by the white Company men. The most important thing to them is ivory.
The word 'ivory' rang in the air, was whispered, was sighed. You would think they were praying to it.
A wreckage of rusting ships float in the harbor. Wanton destruction takes places around him: it is "vision of hell." The whites practice absurd behaviors, and act as if "bewitched." The entire place is an enigma to Marlow: he can make little sense of what he sees, perhaps in comparing it to his life in England.
Another "test" is trying to repair the ship he is supposed to command. When he arrives at the Central Station, it has sunk into the river. He is told it will take an extended period of time to repair it, but notices that over the weeks...
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