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What are the ways that Marlow and Kurtz are changed in Heart of Darkness?

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Marlow's change is more obvious, since he is relating the story and explaining how his views became altered. He started as a hard-working, young man, without existential worries or fear of mankind's inner brutality. Each event serves to wear away some of that certainty until he is consumed by pessimism and indecision, scared of the darkness he observes in others and terrified that he himself may be capable of such things. His change is overt and specific.

Kurtz 's change is explained, but not present as an event;...

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