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Character analysis of Marlow - Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

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Character Analysis

Marlow

Marlow is the protagonist in Heart of Darkness and is throughout the novel, mostly the narrator. He takes the place of a riverboat captain who died from a scuffle with the natives. In the beginning of the novel, he does not expect the experiences he was going to receive.

He journeys through the Congo, trying to find the man called Kurtz. However, he becomes obsessed with meeting Kurtz, becoming more curious as he got closer towards him. However, through his experiences at the Congo, he witnesses the violence and greed of the Europeans and notes the similarities between the white people and the natives. He also experiences terrible things that almost lead him to succumb to the darkness that Kurtz becomes.

Marlow has the qualities and characteristics of a typical hero, as he is brave, tough, capable, open minded and honest. However, he does not take action like a typical hero would. He witnesses the natives being treated harshly and unfairly but he merely observes the treatment and does not act upon it. However, he does frown upon the white people's greed and violence, which shows that he is moral

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