This helps him justify his lies. Marlow, in the middle of his story, interrupts himself to say "You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie." He does not think that he is better than the rest of the world. Lies simply appall him. Marlow feels there is a "taint of death, and a flavor of mortality in lies."
It is Othello's last soliloquy that lacks vital judgmental abilities and eventually secures his destiny. This is because these are his closing words, and they don’t deal with emotions, but rather facts. He addresses the reasons behind his downfall, and decides how he wants others to see him, in terms of the story and how he takes responsibility for it. It is a noble speec... ... middle of paper ... ...ver has been lied to until Iago; as a gracious and tough general who falls only because of the cunningness and evilness of Iago. Some may say, because Othello was possessed by evil that he is counted as a tragic hero when he dies.
When speaking to his creator he explains, "instead of threatening, I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind,"(Shelley 170). The society in the novel "categorized him as being a danger to society just because of his monstrous appearance," (www.studymode.com). Eventually he meets one character who he believes may not run from or misjudge him.
Marlow saw Kurtz's death as "...a moment of triumph for the wildernes, an invading and vengeful rush, it seemed to me, I would have to keep back alone for the salvation of another soul"(Longman p. 2243). Now the lie is not only justified but honorable. Marlow's more noble self - his spiritually attuned nature - tells us early on that, "You know I hate, detest and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies - which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world - what I want to forget." (Longman p. 2210).
Lies in Heart of Darkness After declaring his passionate hate of lying it is odd to see the complete reversal of character in Marlow by the end of the book. Then perhaps it is not a change but merely an unexpected extension of his character that gives a different dimension to his personality. His statement "You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie...it appalls me. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do" (Longman 2210) gives what one may rightly consider a very straightforward clean cut description of the man's moral view and character traits. Yet by the end of the book one may feel he has not only betrayed their trust but himself and all the values he seemed to embody during the course of the story.
In his short story “Ethan Brand,” Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolic action of the suicide to represent redemption, and also to help establish his character in the story. For us to completely understand the suicide, we have to understand what the Unpardonable Sin was and what it meant to Ethan Brand. The Unpardonable Sin can be interpreted in many different ways. First of all, his experimentation on others clearly represents how cold and uncaring he has become in his search for the Unpardonable Sin. He values his intellect over his compassion for others and completely cuts himself off from the rest of the world to search for this sin.
There is a taint of death, a flavour of mortality in lies,—which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world—what I want to forget” This quote shows how the inevitability of never knowing the absolute t... ... middle of paper ... ...art of his own self-knowledge. But he deliberately lies, submerging himself in the detested taint of death and mortality, for the greater protection of civilization and humanity from the subversiveness of naked truth. Marlow comes to the realization that he must live and sometimes bathe in the appalling waters of human limitations in order not to disrupt the whole human world.  Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, London, Penguin, 1995, 49-50.  Conrad, 101.
He wants to pray for forgiveness of his offense, but laments, "Pray can I not," because "I am still possessed of those effects for which I did the murder - My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen." He murdered Hamlet's father in order to get those things and he is not willing to give them up. He realizes that true repentance would be willing to give then up, and therefore, he is not really repentant. This is why at the end of his prayer, he says "Words without thoughts never to heaven go." There's no point in saying he is sorry because God knows he doesn't really mean it.
Marlow’s like to Kurtz’s Intended is the example that Conrad needed to add to make the universality of his message clear: “The last words he pronounced was—your name”(164). Marlow despises lying more than any other form of darkness; “I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie”(96). By having Marlow lie to Kurtz’s Intended, Conrad incorporates universality into the theme of the book. Lying is a form of evil, a form of darkness within Marlow, and even though Marlow restrains himself and steps back from the edge of giving into his d... ... middle of paper ... ...ality and omnipresence to the meaning and theme of evil inside everyone of the story. Works Cited and Consulted Conrad, Joseph.
These words connote rejuvenation, and hope for the future, and so it seems that Forbes’ plan to ‘redeem’ Tom is going well. However, freedom and regeneration turn out to represent the complete opposite to what does happen to Tom: he dies in a cramped hut, alone. The description of this hut is very effective in representing the themes of the novel. Forbes’ daugh... ... middle of paper ... ...lian’s failure to help has affected him: it has led him to make the ultimate sacrifice and kill himself, which is a truly horrific representation of the tragic consequences of this failure. It is also certainly surprising, given Tom’s initial character.