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A Journey Into Self Discovery Essay

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Devotion, Admiration, and Respect. These were all the qualities that Marlow possesses the beginning of his journey as he traveled into the Heart of Darkness. A devotion to his job and his European counterparts. Admiration to one of the best Ivory sells man in the Congo and respect for himself. Conrad shows us that these beliefs that Marlow once thought were true are slowly changing as he spends his days in the jungle. Watching as the Europeans treated the natives with no consideration or respect put much hatred inside Marlow’s heart for the pilgrims(92).Marlow’s change in attitude towards Kurtz changes drastically, as his love and deep admiration for the man has turns into disgust and regret.(39). The respect that Marlow had for himself has turned into lies as he tries to make himself feel like a better person .(93) Throughout Heart of Darkness, Marlow’s voyage down the river Thames has allowed him to undergo a journey into self discovery.
As Marlow arrived to the Central station Marlow was appalled to see how unproductive and rude his European counterparts were. Marlow’s believes that keeping busy by doing hard work is the way to success and he believed that all the pilgrims in the stations would act this way. When he arrived he was terribly wrong. He was amazed to see how nonchalant they were about there work. “ I saw this station, these men strolling aimlessly about in the sunshine of the yard”(91) The Europeans were very inconsiderate towards the pilgrims. When the caravan blew up the captured a native and beat him severely. “ A nigger was beaten near by. They said he had caused the fire in some way.”(92) Marlow’s perception of how the Europeans act has changed dramatically. His belief that they were...

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