Heart of Darkness Essay | The Horror: The Transformation of Kurtz in "Heart of Darkness"

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The Horror: The Transformation of Kurtz in "Heart of Darkness"

Summary: The character of Kurtz, intially portrayed as a remarkable man, is fully revealed at the end of Joseph Conrad's novel, "Heart of Darkness." In the novel's last lines, Kurtz's cry of "The horror! The horror!" sums up hjis realization of the horrors he has seen and committed during his time in the Congo.
Kurtz and the Horror

Throughout the first two parts of Joseph Conrad's book, Heart of Darkness, the character Kurtz is built up to be this amazing and remarkable man. In the third book, however, we learn the truth about who Kurtz really is. Kurtz cries out in a whisper, "The horror! The horror!"(p. 86), and in only two words he manages to sum up the realization of all the horrors of his life during his time in the Congo.

In the first parts of the book most of the characters Marlow meets tell him all good things about Kurtz. When Marlow inquires about who Kurtz is he is told by the chief account of the company that Kurtz is, "a first class agent...he is a very remarkable person." (p. 33). Another person tells Marlow that Kurtz is "an exceptional man...

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