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In Heart of Darkness, what was Kurtz's original motive for entering the jungle?

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Because of the high profitability and difficult work of hunting ivory in the jungle, men who could command respect and power were well-suited to lead hunting teams. However, Kurtz's original intent was not simply to be a successful ivory hunter, but to win the heart of a woman, whose family rejected him because he was poor.

I had heard that her engagement with Kurtz...

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