Heart of Darkness Summary
Joseph Conrad

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Heart of Darkness Overview

When Marlow accepts a job that will take him into the interior of Africa to bring back a rogue ivory trader, he witnesses the inhumanity and the absurdity of of the colonial exploitation. He also confronts his own desire to have the unholy power the trader, Kurtz, has claimed over the natives. Heart of Darkness is Marlow's account of his experiences, and the restraint and the attention to practical details that saved him from wanting Kurtz' power for himself.

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