Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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How do you think Marlow felt about Kurtz?  Explain on which part of the novella you are basing your answer.

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Marlow’s feelings about Kurtz begin with mild interest about the missing Company agent, supposedly the best agent in the Company’s entire territory. He gleans from other people’s opinions of Kurtz that the man is brilliant, hard-working, and respected, but also somehow feared and distrusted. Why this should be is unclear to Marlow, but as he travels further upriver, the general opinion of Kurtz changes from bland admiration of the Company’s golden boy to a stark dichotomy between those who fear the man and those who worship him. Marlow has no contact with Kurtz himself for much of the story, so while his curiosity is piqued by the mystique that surrounds the man, his own feelings for Kurtz are mainly admiration of his intelligence (manifested in the text of Kurtz’s pamphlet to the Society for the Suppression of Savage Customs), and an intense desire to see the man behind the myth.

When Marlow meets Kurtz, he is awed by him. The man is physically imposing, immensely tall, gaunt,...

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