Heart of Darkness

Jade Winney

Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness is a novella written by Joseph Conrad about a man named Marlow. Marlow is a man in the ivory trade for a company called "The Company", who goes to find a man named Kurtz. Kurtz is a man at the top of the ivory trade, and other people dislike him for being so good at it. When Marlow finally arrives to Kurtz's home, he is shot at with arrows. Eventually, he meets Kurtz who is a dying old man who is being worshipped by the native people. After convincing Kurtz to return to Europe, they leave on a steam boat, only for him to die saying "The Horror! The Horror!" on the way back. When Marlow returns to London, he meets Kurtz's wife and when she asks him what his last words were, he lies and tells her that it was her name.


A descent into humanity's evil nature. To loose yourself to the dark.


Over time it seems he's lost himself to his own heart of darkness.


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