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Heart of Darkness - The reality of Kurtz is shockingly removed from the expectationscreated of him in the sections of the novella.Discuss.

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The reality of Kurtz is shockingly removed from the expectations created of him in the sections of the novella. Discuss. The state of reality of a human being can be described as the truth and authenticity of that person. The image of Kurtz that is presented to Marlow the early stages of the novella is one of a 'real' person; he is something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily. However, Marlow soon notices when he meets Kurtz that he is indeed the opposite of what many of his peers believe him to be. In the book "Heart of Darkness" there seems to be two types of people towards Kurtz - the majority are those who admire and look up to him, and there are others who dislike him and the way he does his work. Marlow, I think, does not admire nor dislike Kurtz, but becomes gripped onto the 'expectations' of his personality placed forward by the people that he has met before meeting Kurtz himself. ...read more.

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The words 'indissolubly connected' imply that Marlow cannot talk about the story without mentioning Kurtz and the impact that he had on his life. Kurtz is viewed from others, such as the manager and chief accountant of the Central Station, as an 'ideal'. They use such words as 'remarkable' and 'best agent' to describe his character and work. When mentioning his work it is also said that he will go 'far, very far'. However, Kurtz was already the chief of the Inner Station, which suggests in itself to be a very high post but the chief accountant of the Central Station says that he will soon be 'assistant manager'. Kurtz is portrayed as a 'prodigy' and 'universal genius' by his peers and this gives Marlow the impression that Kurtz should be admired and does not leave Marlow to create his own views and opinions of him. However, there are some people who dislike Kurtz and even though they do not say this directly to Marlow, he over-hears their conversations. ...read more.

Conclusion

The manager of the Central Station commented that Kurtz's illness made the situation, "very grave, very grave." The word 'grave' means serious and this suggests that Kurtz was a very exceptional man within the Company and is looked up to as supreme so when he gets ill it shows that he is only the same as everyone else. This shows the reader that Kurtz is only a human and can be affected by his surroundings. I think that Kurtz is series of images constructed by others for their own use. As Marlow's visits with Kurtz's cousin and his fianc�e show, there seems to be no true Kurtz. To his cousin, he was a great musician and a brilliant politician and leader of men; to his fianc�e, a great humanitarian and genius. All of these contrast with Marlow's version of the man, and he is left doubting the validity of his memories. Yet Kurtz, through his personality and overstated plans, remains with Marlow and with the reader. Emma Smith Heart of Darkness 10/05/2007 1 ...read more.

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