Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Is Kurtz playing by the rules of the jungle, which differ from those of a civilized society?

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I'd say no. Kurtz is playing by his OWN rules. Marlow mentions that the cannibals with whom he is traveling have "restraint." They live by the laws of the jungle.

Kurtz, on the other hand, shows absolutely no restraint. He is no longer within the reach of "civilized society," and without the laws of his former society to guide him or any checks to keep in accordance with those laws, he abandons the restraint those laws placed upon him. Nevertheless, he does NOT live by rules of the...

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