Joseph Conrad Writing Styles in Heart of Darkness

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Point of View

Heart of Darkness is ostensibly relayed by an unnamed narrator, but 99% of the book is spoken by Marlow as he describes his trip to Africa and back. Marlow is a seaman’s seaman, competent to the very end. He is not an idealist, and he looks down at the aunt and the Intended who have their ideals. He is not subject to greed, either, as he looks down on the Central Station manager and his uncle, the head of the Eldorado Expedition. He looks up to Kurtz alone, for Kurtz has allowed himself the liberty of full self-knowledge. It is only because Kurtz passes judgment on his own internal darkness that Marlow admires him. When Kurtz says ‘the horror! the horror!’ Marlow feels like he is in the company of a kindred soul who knew the world at first hand and had something to say...

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