Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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How does the helmsman die in Heart of Darkness?

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A short distance from Kurtz's Inner Station, Marlow's crew is forced to remain anchored because the extremely thick fog prevents them from traveling further down the river. All of a sudden, the crew begins hearing noises from the shore and the Natives begin shooting arrows and throwing spears towards the ship. Most of the white pilgrims panic and begin shooting their rifles towards the shore, even though they are unable to see their targets and are aiming too high to hit anyone. Interestingly, Marlow notes that the arrows are so small that they couldn't even kill a cat. During the attack, the helmsman grabs a rifle while Marlow attempts to steer the ship out of danger. While Marlow is steering the ship towards deeper water, he suddenly looks down and the helmsman is lying on his back attempting to pull out a spear that is lodged in his side. Unfortunately, the helmsman dies after he is struck by a spear, which hits him directly in...

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