While passing through the Thames with a group of other sailors, Marlow reminisces about how the land was once a place of darkness and uncivilized inhabitants. Beginning his story at dusk and finishing it in full darkness, Marlow speaks of how his dear aunt commissioned him a job aboard the fleet and of how he was sent down as an “emissary of light” to bring solace and transformation to an otherwise backward nation. His responsibility to the people of the Congo is evident when he sees the condition that the natives are in. In the beginning of the novella Marlow is repulsed by the state of the poor and starving people but after seeing a group of dying African men, Marlow becomes compassionate and searches for food to give to the men who are victims of exploitative labor. This is the point when Marlow’s character becomes similar to Kurtz’s in that he realizes the harm the traders have done to the natives and begins feeling guilty.
Marlow thinks that “conquering” the jungle for all its ivory is an arduous task after seeing a battleship fire its guns at the civilians. It was as if the tiny... [continues]
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