In "Heart of Darkness", why does the Russian nurse Kurtz through two illnesses?
The Russian's doting on Mr. Kurtz is evidence of Kurtz's inexplicable power over others. Kurtz has managed to achieve a near godlike existence in the middle of the Congo. He has become a brute, a misogynist, and a deeply selfish man. He has won over the black African natives, and it could be argued that Kurtz's influence over a white Russian man proves to the reader that Kurtz's influence is more real or universal. The Russian's care of Kurtz is great evidence for a racial analysis of the novel.