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Why does Marlow long to meet Kurtz so badly in the novella Heart of Darkness?

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This question is a fairly complex one, and is one to which even Marlowe himself cannot supply a definite answer until the end of the second section of the novella. Only when Marlow fears that Kurtz is dead immediately following the native attack on the steamboat does he realize that he wishes to have "a talk with Kurtz." A careful reading of Marlow's subsequent narrative will reveal that Marlow is looking for either an affirmation of his hopes about mankind or a confirmation regarding his worst fears about humanity.


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