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Character Sketch of Mr.

Kurtz in the novel “The Heart of Darkness”
One of the most enigmatic characters in twentieth-century literature, Kurtz is a petty tyrant, a dying god, an embodiment of Europe, and an assault on European values. In literature wrote some great character in which doctor Faustus, Macbeth, Heathcliff, Estragon and Vladimir, Mr. Kurtz also include in that great character. He has a sumptuous and sign of a tragic hero, appear downfall villain at beginning but at the end tragic hero. Like the other tragic heroes, he has all the heroic quality; negative tendencies found in his character like Faustus and Macbeth. He snatches away ivory from people at gun point. To fulfil his instinct, he built relationship with native mistresses and forgets his fiancé Miss intended. Like his name there is contrast found in his plan of life, Kurtz is a German word which means short but Mr. Kurtz look like seven feet tall. He came African for short but he stay long time tell his death. His own life also short but his plan for enjoying with evil for long time. Mr. Kurtz came to Africa with two purposes, earning wealth to get a high status in society equal to his fiancé miss intended. After sometimes to

Kurtz was the culminating-point of his experiences. The wilderness of nature also down his influence on Mr. The first reference to Mr. he lost his adequate tools in Congo because there was no check and balance in cannibal’s society which found in European society. This meeting. tells his listeners that he had first met the “poor chap” after sailing up the river Congo and reaching “the farthest point of navigation. Which mean all above logic and reason given to civilized the society are useless and not purpose for it.Kurtz.earn the money he came back to Europe and marriage miss intended. Kurtz comes when Marlow. . “Exterminate all the brute”. The second purpose was to civilize the African savages and work for their prosperity and benefit. says Marlow. He want to civilized the cannibals for this purpose he wrote a long pamphlet of seventeen pages in narrow writing. . seemed somehow to throw a kind of light on everything wound him and also a light into his own thoughts. in which he give logic and reason to make a society to civilized society. But toward the end of that pamphlet he lost his passion and wrote.” Here Marlow also tells his listeners that his meeting with Mr.in the very beginning of his narration.

in "true ivory country. They also have suspicions that Kurtz is acquiring his sinful quantities of ivory in dishonest ways. When Marlow asks the brickmaker about Kurtz. Marlow learns that Kurtz had powerful connections with the Company just as Marlow himself does. At the end of the first chapter. Kurtz had enabled him to “see” things. or possibly both will kill Kurtz for them. Marlow overhears the manager and his uncle hoping that sickness or the environment. When the brickmaker comes back to Marlow to suck up. Marlow now meets a Russian who is on a tour of exploration in the Congo.” Marlow learns about Mr.Kurtz that he is a top agent stationed in the interior. The Russian says that Mr. Marlow has begun identifying with and admiring Kurtz.The accountant describes of Mr. All these conversations only increase Kurtz’s reputation and esteem in Marlow’s eyes. Kurtz is very ill. At the Central Station. he gets a sarcastic answer because the brickmaker is jealous of Kurtz’s success. the manager spreads the news that Mr." and that he pumps out more ivory than all the other stations combined. Kurtz as “first class agent” of the company adding that Mr. so that they can advance in the Company. . Kurtz is a “very remarkable man.

Kurtz could be very terrible when it suited him. Kurtz is his passion for ivory. Kurtz had become very friendly with the natives. the quality which distinguished Mr. Mr. As a consequence of that threat. . Kurtz says the Russian is not to be judged as an ordinary man is judged . The native tribes had felt deeply impressed by Mr. the Russian further informs Marlow that Mr. Kurtz a small quantity of ivory which village chief had given him as a present. In the course of his exploration. Kurtz had not only been collecting ivory but also been exploring the surrounding region. The Russian says that Mr.On one occasion. Kurtz had overwhelmed the natives with his personality and with his awful ways.that is. Kurtz through two illnesses. Mr. Apart from all these trait and tendencies. Mr. Mr. Kurtz from all other persons is his eloquence or his capacity to speak fluently and express his ideas in a most impressive and effective manner. Mr. The Russian then informs Marlow that he had nursed Mr. Kurtz’s appetite for ivory had got the better of all his other material aspirations. Kurtz because they had never before seen or come across anybody like him. But the most striking thing about Mr. Kurtz is so powerful in this region that he can kill anyone whom he might wish to kill. Mr. to understand things. Kurtz had threatened to shoot the Russian because the Russian had refused to surrender to Mr.

he cannot actually walk – he must crawl on all fours into the wilderness. Marlow takes Kurtz’s side. Marlow finally realizes Kurtz’s mind has been warped by the interior and that he has gone mad. The evening before they plan to depart. he meets Kurtz when a group of native Africans bears him down in a stretcher. Kurtz ignores him and raves on about how great his plans were and how they have now been destroyed by a pitiful man – the manager. only his voice rings strongly. It doesn’t take Marlow long to find him. During their conversation. Mr.Kurtz abuses his intended by cheating on her with his African mistress but yet his mistress is simply as a pass time for Kurtz and this mistress shows his level of control over the natives and the intended. He is emaciated and frail. Kurtz has a private interview with the manager and they argue. by abusing their emotions and rights. Or his pathetic attempt to escape. Kurtz power of wealth and the natives may not be enough for him and therefore he displays his power of women. demonstrating his madness. Kurtz makes his escape. He orders Marlow to go and hide himself – though it is unclear whether he means from the native Africans or from the pilgrims. Being seriously sick. Kurtz talks to Marlow extensively for the first time.When Marlow finally reaches the Inner Station. Despite Marlow’s threats to bring Kurtz back forcefully. .

Kurtz is a man who has all qualities of artist. Mr. He raves unintelligibly. are "The horror! The horror!” Which is elaborated in the end when Marlow faces Kurtz’s. his face undergoes some fascinating (to Marlow) changes – first pride. saying he cannot see the light when he is but a few feet from a patch of sunlight. uttered in some vision before his death. painter but instead of that he failed to control his savages’ instinct. though it has been over a year since Kurtz’s death. A few days later. He goes blind. he lost his morality and duty.When they are about to leave on the steamboat. Though nobody else understands the meaning. In the last scene of the book. Intended. It that checks removed the wilderness of humanbeing awakened due to the influence of genetic kinship. the warrior woman breaks through and gestures to Kurtz. In his last moments. then power. In this novel Joseph Conrad make an experiment and want to prove that man only civilized due to his internal and external checks. Kurtz does and refuses to share it with anybody. journalist. and finds her still mourning. Mr. and finally despairs. The intendeds love for Kurtz was extraordinary. He tells her that Kurtz said her name on his deathbed. Kurtz’s madness and illness worsens. His last words. Marlow misrepresents these final words to Kurtz’s Intended.Kurtz lack of adequate tools of civilization due to which he made human being to .

the chief of which are his charisma and his ability to lead men. Kurtz. Conclude: To sum up we can say that. Heart of darkness has an “ambitious metaphor. The savage people offer human sacrifice for man god. and so he is driven to madness. the horror and gloom of Congo. describing Belgian colonialism in the heart of Africa and the evil in Kurtz’s heart”. The horror refers to about anything that represents darkness. his self examination finally makes him realize at his deathbed “the horror” of it all. Kurtz is a man of many talents. This show the dehumanization of white people spiritually and morally. Mr. we learn.savage god. His madness comes from his introspection of his inner darkness. Kurtz is a man who understands the power of words. Although he remains an enigma even to Marlow. among other things. His downfall seems to be a result of his willingness to . The horror of all his immoral acts. Kurtz is unable to stop his inner soul from being taken by the darkness of Congo. especially the clear division of races. “Getting himself adored”. and his writings are marked by an eloquence that obscures their horrifying message. Kurtz clearly exerts a powerful influence on the people in his life. Kurtz and these human skull placed around the residence of Mr. that he is a gifted musician and a fine painter.

Bibliography: http://neoenglishsystem.com/view.com/2010/11/portrayal-of-mr-kurtz-in-heart-of.123helpme. in so doing.com/heart-of-darkness/mr-kurtz.shmoop.asp?id=161235 http://www.blogspot.html http://www. he has become wildly successful but has also incurred the wrath of his fellow white men.html .ignore the hypocritical rules that govern European colonial conduct: Kurtz has “kicked himself loose of the earth” by fraternizing excessively with the natives and not keeping up appearances.

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