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Commentary. Paragraph 28, Part Three of Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad, is part of the climax of the novella.

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Heart of Darkness Commentary Mitchell Watson Period 23 November 15, 2012 Paragraph 28, Part Three of Heart of Darkness, written by Joseph Conrad, is part of the climax of the novella. The aforementioned section exists to show the reader that Marlow, the protagonist, is developing a relationship with the antagonist, Kurtz, in terms of intimacy and betrayal. Another function of this section is to show Marlow as both physically and metaphorically standing between Kurtz and a final plunge into madness and depravity. Conrad also utilizes Marlow and Kurtz as characters to set up a dichotomy of the primitive and civilized. Kurtz is described with a negative connotation in this section, as in ?-this wandering and tormented thing,? ?-utterly lost,? and ??unsteady, long, pale, indistinct like a vapour exhaled by the earth?? The simile ??indistinct like a vapour exhaled by the earth?? allows the reader to see Kurtz as only part of man. ...read more.


The primitive and the civilized are illustrated as a dichotomy through Kurtz and Marlow as characters. Conrad has Kurtz speak in a ?profound tone? and ?raising his voice for that [perfectly] word,? in such an emphatic way, while Marlow merely ?whispered? in response. This contrast provides the reader with evidence of such a dichotomy. Kurtz is drawn to the savage, primitive rituals. Leading these rituals is a native sorcerer, a ?black figure,? described as ?it,? and ?fiend-like.? This thing symbolizes the darkness that Kurtz is drawn to. Likely this darkness is the Devil himself, later described as ?that Shadow.? Marlow is in potential danger in this predicament annotated by Conrad, not only by the hand of the Natives who could come at Kurtz?s command, but by the power and draw of this Devil, this Darkness. ...read more.


Conrad ends the section with exemplary sentence structure, in ?I did say the right thing, though indeed he could not have been more irretrievably lost than he was at this very moment when the foundations of our intimacy were being laid?to endure?to endure?even to the end?even beyond. ? Among the punctuation which lays emphasis with the longevity of the relationship between Marlow and Kurtz, there is also a foreshadow of what is to come of either Marlow or Kurtz, implied with ??even beyond.? Given these points, one final claim can be made. That is, that Conrad uses the classic ?evil villain? archetype, entailing genius qualities and means, but ultimately falling to moral fallacy, as the basis for Kurtz. Just like Hindley Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights and Moby Dick?s Ahab, Kurtz is that classic nemesis, that exists to show the reader both the triumph and prevail of what is considered morally ?good,? and the existence of that very evil in our lives. ...read more.

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