Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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In Heart of Darkness, why does Kurtz go to the Congo?

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Kurtz is initially sent to the Congo to bring back ivory for the Company. This was standard procedure in that era; Kurtz was a "boss" overseeing white men and native slaves, and his output of ivory dictated how much support (difficult and expensive to send) he received in turn from the Company. However, Kurtz discovers that he values the power he holds over his men more than his rewards for service, and is overpowered by that lust.

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