Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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How is "steering" relevant in Heart of Darkness as a particular way of life in regards to Kurtz dying?

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Marlow must steer the boat upriver to try to reach Kurtz, but he is unfamiliar with the river and is especially concerned about the hidden dangers below. He knows that any idea of control is just an illusion. Marlow learns the difference between substance and surface as well as the importance of hidden inner truth.

I had to keep guessing at the channel; I had to discern, mostly by inspiration, the signs of hidden banks; I watched for sunken stones; I was learning to clap my teeth smartly before my heart flew out . . .; I had to keep a look-out for the signs of dead wood we could cut up in the night for next day's steaming. When you have to attend to things of that sort, to the mere...

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