Throughout most of Heart of Darkness very little actual information is known about Kurtz, and what is provided is mostly rumors and often contradictory. An example of this is at the beginning of Marlow’s journey, Kurtz is credited as a great man destined for promotion, but as his journey gets deeper into the Congo, Kurtz is regarded as insane and a traitor. The one thing that becomes clear to Marlow is that Kurtz is a very intelligent man...
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...ust that it is at this moment he finally starts to realize just how terrible his actions truly have been. He sees the way he cheated his company because of his own greed, the wrong he did by cheating on his fiancée, and especially the horrible things he did to gain control of the natives. He realizes just how much of a horrible man he has become and is especially saddened because he recognizes the potential for good he had in him. After reliving all of these actions, it seems to be clear to him that the chances of him going to a Christian heaven are not likely, and like many people, he realizes it too late. On his deathbed he finally sees all these things and is left horrified and almost speechless. Realizing just how much of a horrible man he truly was as he nears death, all he can muster the strength to say with his final words is, “The horror! The horror!” (3.12).
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