In Heart of Darkness, what was Kurtz's paper about?

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Marlow recalls reading Kurtz's report to the International Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs and begins by commenting on the paper's eloquence. As Marlow reiterates the first paragraph, he mentions that in hindsight the paper strikes him as ominous. Kurtz begins by writing that the white Europeans should appear to the Natives as "supernatural beings" and approach the Natives as mighty deities. Kurtz then continues to write about how once the European colonists attain authority they can begin to exert their power for the good of the native Africans by civilizing the region. At the end of the "altruistic sentiment," Kurtz concludes the paper by writing, "Exterminate all the brutes!"

Essentially, the paper is Kurtz's blueprint for establishing colonial authority among the natives in the Congo, introducing them to civilization, and exterminating them in the region. While Kurtz's original intention for writing the paper was to focus on altruistic forms of imperialism, his true...

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