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The Whites on deck then opened fire on Kurtz’s followers. As they made their way to the sea (and Europe), Kurtz continued to talk of his ideas, plans, station, and career. Kurtz gave Marlow a packet of papers and a photograph and asked him to keep it for him, out of reach of the Manager. One evening, after repairing the engine, Marlow entered Kurtz’s room and heard him whisper his final words: “The horror! ” Marlow entered the mess-room and refused to meet the inquiring eyes of the Manager. ” Kurtz was buried in the jungle the next day.
Focusing on “work” instead of deeper moral concerns is what saves Marlow’s sanity— and by extension, allows the Company to ravage the Congo without a moment’s pause. Piloting is the “rivet” that holds together Marlow as he comes closer to Kurtz, who will upset all of Marlow’s “surface-truths” (as he calls them) and force him to consider all the ugliness of which Marlow has been a part. Marlow does speak well of the cannibals on board his steamboat, for they possess a quality that Marlow sees less and less during his time in Company-controlled Africa: restraint.
This idea of mankind’s dominance over the earth is questioned by Marlow later in the novel, as he looks out at the jungle and asks, “What were we that had strayed in here? Could we handle that dumb thing, or would it handle us? I felt how big, how confoundedly big, was that thing that couldn’t talk, and perhaps was deaf as well. ” Conrad’s reason for framing Marlow’s narrative thus begins to become apparent: The narrator’s values and assumptions are challenged—although indirectly—by Marlow’s story, and the reader is meant to perceive these two points-of-view as two different understandings of man’s relationship to the natural world and the people in it.
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