Kurtz In Joseph Krutz's Many Powers Of Darkness

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Kurtz was called back to his Inner Station by the “many powers of darkness [that] claimed him” which was not only his greed and thirst for power but also the darkness within humanity. Kurtz originally traveled to the Congo in hopes to enlighten and humanize the native African. However, once he was able to relish the power that belonged to him in the jungle, Kurtz could not resist the call of his own primitive greed. Within the jungles of the Congo, Kurtz experienced a power over the African men that he cannot receive in the civilized nature of Europe. The native offered “unspeakable rites” and sacrifices for Kurtz and worshipped him. Although Kurtz would have received much congratulations on his collection of ivory, he would not obtain the same power he had in the Congo. He is able to set himself up as a primitive god to the natives and realizes that he is unable to control the darkness within him. He understood that civilization would be able to fulfill the greed within his internal darkness and returned to the Inner Station.
With the second hand encounter, from others in the Congo, of who Kurtz is as a man, Marlow’s perception of Kurtz is one of grandiose achievements. Krutz is a man who came to Africa to civilize the natives and is the embodiment of the European’s justifications for imperialism, and he is expected to rise in his ranks. Furthermore, compared to the petty ambitions and hypocrisy, Kurtz’s alienation from the company’s men appeals to Marlow as he appears to
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