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PostSubject: Part III   Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:46 pm

This forum is for the discussion of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Part III.
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PostSubject: Re: Part III   Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:15 am

Part 3---
Kurtz is helped onto the ship, on the trip home he dies after intrusting his papers to Marlow. At home Marlow struggles with Kurtz's death and in the end visits his intended.

I read SparkNotes to find out the importance of this story, and it talked alot of imperialism, etc. While I agree that the treatment of the natives and the raping of the land is horrible, I didn't really see that come through as a main point in the novel.

I did NOT care for this book.
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PostSubject: Re: Part III   Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:38 pm

In part three the Russian hints that Kurtz uses unethical means to get ivory from surrounding villages by raiding them. Kurtz has convinced the villagers closest to his outpost that he is 'special'. they become devoted to him. the Russian thinks quite a bit of Kurtz which seems to rub off on Marlowe.
the manager and Kurtz quarrell. Krtz does die and Marlowe is left with a packet of things with which he doesn't want to part.
In the end he realizes that Kurtz was a little bit of something for everyone and that he also just took a tiny bit of the real man and imagined the rest.
I also read all of Spark Notes summaries after each section to get a grip on what the author was trying to depict.
I would like to read a synopsis by a learned person as to why this book myght be considered excellent literature.
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PostSubject: Re: Part III   Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:05 am

I also wonder why this was a classic. The message of raping the land and seeing how man can be so evil after being out of his natural realm is all I got from this. I'm glad it was so short.

I did not care for the book either.
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PostSubject: Re: Part III   Sun Jun 24, 2007 5:47 pm

Did either of you get any help from Spark notes about its value as a piece of literature?
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PostSubject: Re: Part III   Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:50 pm

No I just didn't understand why it was conidered such a great piece of literature.
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