Into the Heart of Darkness

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Into the Heart of Darkness

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In the Grove of Death, Marlow is exposed to men dying who are "not enemies" and "not criminals" but workers who have outlived their usefulness. (21) This begins to wake Marlow up to realities of colonialism.

"Everything belonged to him – but that was a trifle. The thing was to know what he belonged to, how many powers of darkness claimed him for their own." (63) Marlow realizes that although Kurtz owns everything that that imperial power ultimately causes you to be owned by the darkness.

At the outer station, Marlow is very much the same person who looked at "the many blank spaces on the earth" with excitement. (7)

KEY1. Outer Station2. Grove of Death3. Inner Station4. Central Station (Kurtz’s Station)


"I observed with assumed innocence that no man was safe from trouble in this world." (53)

"Well, you know, that was the worst of it— this suspicion of their not being inhuman." (50) As Marlow ascends the river, he realizes that the natives are human too which makes their treatment by Europeans harder to bear and also helps him realize he too has the heart of darkness.


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