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by Joseph Conrad

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In Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, how does Kurtz use modern civilization to control the native people?

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When Marlow meets the Russian in the jungle at the Inner Station, not far from where Kurtz is, we learn a great deal about the mysterious Kurtz, the most successful agent for the Company.

Throughout Conrad's Heart of Darkness," different characters speak of Kurtz to Marlow—the steamship captain sent to bring him home, who is totally unfamiliar with Kurtz. Some of the men Marlow speaks with are extremely jealous. Recall the brickmaker (who had no materials to make bricks)—he had hoped to have a management position with the Company until Kurtz showed up and became so outrageously successful, shattering hopes for advancement for him—and other agents.

'...and so HE comes here, a special being...Today he is chief of the best station, next year he will be assistant-manager, two years more and . . . but I dare-say you know what he will be in two years' time...

`When Mr. Kurtz,' I continued, severely, `is General Manager, you won't have the opportunity.'

Other Company employees, the uncle and his...

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