Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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How does Marlow evolve as a character throughout Heart of Darkness?

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Initially, Marlow tells his story in retrospect and is described as a "meditating Buddha," which illustrates his wisdom and enlightenment. When Marlow was a young man, he wished to travel to Africa to visit the "blank spaces" on the map. Marlow was intrigued with the enigmatic atmosphere surrounding the unknown. He joined the Company, which traded ivory from the Congo. Throughout Marlow's journey, he witnesses the inefficient, insincere employees of the Company. Marlow began his journey with certain idealistic impressions of European civilization and held onto the naive belief that Europeans were bastions of civility and morality. However, Marlow's perception begins to change after he gradually witnesses the chaotic nature of the Outer and Central Stations. Marlow's interactions with important employees reveal the debased nature of the Company and are an indictment of imperialism. The Manager is depicted as a scheming liar while the Accountant is portrayed as a greedy, prejudiced...

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