Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Why are parts 2 and 3 particularly important for understanding the message of the story?

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The second and third sections are important because they relate the progress of Marlow’s journey upriver into the heart of darkness. Section II emphasizes the physical voyage on the boat moving up the river until he reaches Kurtz’s station, while Section III tells of his meeting Kurtz, efforts to understand what has befallen the man, and final efforts to make sense of the entire journey.

In Section II, as Marlow moves upriver and approaches the station, he learns more about Kurtz and the effects of the illness he had suffered. The physical aspects of the journey grow...

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