Heart of Darkness Section II Summary and Analysis

Joseph Conrad

Section II Summary and Analysis

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The Helmsman: a black man killed by arrows shot by natives

The Russian: man who greets Marlow at Kurtz’s station

Summary
While on his boat, Marlow hears the manager and his uncle talk about Kurtz. They stand on the shore alongside the steamboat. Without moving, he listens. The manager fears Kurtz’s influence. Threatened by Kurtz’s influence and success, the manager says, “Am I the manager—or am I not?” The uncle hopes the climate will eventually ruin Kurtz.

From the “absurd sentences,” Marlow hears how Kurtz had traveled three hundred miles with a shipment of ivory nine months ago. Kurtz had then returned upriver in a...

(The entire section is 5184 words.)