a useful tool for people who write the terrible essay of the horror the horror. Keep in mind this is not finished and I'll try to finish it for you people
Jacob Gorzynski
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Jacob Gorzynski
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  1. Kurtz is passing judgment against human nature
    1. „No eloquence could have been so withering to one's belief in mankind as his final burst of sincerity.”
      1. we could talk about Kurtz sees human greed and how we do not do anything for enlightenment
        1. we can talk about the difference between the intended and the woman Kurtz met in the savage congo
          1. We can talk about Kurtz and how he has changed from enlightenment to greed and hunger
            1. We can talk about policemen and butchers as a representation of human nature
              1. we can talk about the phrenologist referencing the human nature
                1. we can talk about the manager and how he substitutes efficiency for morality
                  1. We can talk about Marlow's character progression and how he turns savage on the inside
                    1. „You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavor of mortality in lies,—which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world—what I want to forget.
                        1. „We have lost the first of the ebb," said the Director, suddenly. I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky—seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.”
                        2. „His eyes, of the usual blue, were perhaps remarkably cold, and he certainly could make his glance fall on one as trenchant and heavy as an ax. But even at these times the rest of his person seemed to disclaim the intention. Otherwise there was only an indefinable, faint expression of his lips, something stealthy—a smile—not a smile—I remember it, but I can't explain.”
                          1. „Just at that time the manager was the only man supposed to have any right to candles.”
                            1. enlightenment is categorized as a thing and although the manager owns it he is not ,per se, enlightened
                            2. „The manager was very placid, he had no vital anxieties now, he took us both in with a comprehensive and satisfied glance: the 'affair' had come off as well as could be wished.”
                            3. 'and, moreover, the changes take place inside, you know.”
                              1. „Ever any madness in your family?' he asked, in a matter-of-fact tone. I felt very annoyed. 'Is that question in the interests of science too?' 'It would be,' he said, without taking notice of my irritation, 'interesting for science to watch the mental changes of individuals, on the spot, but . . .' 'Are you an alienist?' I interrupted. 'Every doctor should be—a little,' answered that original, imperturbably. ”
                                1. „I always ask leave, in the interests of science, to measure the crania of those going out there,' he said. 'And when they come back, too?' I asked. 'Oh, I never see them,'
                                2. „Absurd!" he cried. "This is the worst of trying to tell. . . . Here you all are, each moored with two good addresses, like a hulk with two anchors, a butcher round one corner, a policeman round another, excellent appetites, and temperature normal—you hear—normal from year's end to year's end. And you say, Absurd!”
                                  1. „You can't understand. How could you?—with solid pavement under your feet, surrounded by kind neighbors ready to cheer you or to fall on you, stepping delicately between the butcher and the policeman, in the holy terror of scandal and gallows and lunatic asylums—how can you imagine what particular region of the first ages a man's untrammeled feet may take him into by the way of solitude—utter solitude without a policeman—by the way of silence, utter silence, where no warning voice of a kind neighbor can be heard whispering of public opinion?”
                                    1. „In exterior he resembled a butcher in a poor neighborhood, and his eyes had a look of sleepy cunning. He carried his fat paunch with ostentation on his short legs, and during the time his gang infested the station spoke to no one but his nephew.” reference to the manager's cousin which is a soldier
                                    2. „I saw him open his mouth wide—it gave him a weirdly voracious aspect, as though he had wanted to swallow all the air, all the earth, all the men before him.”
                                      1. „It was as though an animated image of death carved out of old ivory”
                                        1. „I had a vision of him on the stretcher, opening his mouth voraciously, as if to devour all the earth with all its mankind.”
                                      2. „They wandered here and there with their absurd long staves in their hands, like a lot of faithless pilgrims bewitched inside a rotten fence.”
                                        1. „Serve him right. Transgression—punishment—bang! Pitiless, pitiless.”
                                          1. „There was an old hippo that had the bad habit of getting out on the bank and roaming at night over the station grounds. The pilgrims used to turn out in a body and empty every rifle they could lay hands on at him. Some even had sat up o' nights for him. All this energy was wasted, though. 'That animal has a charmed life,' he said; 'but you can say this only of brutes in this country. ”
                                            1. "I've seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but, by all the stars! these were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed and drove men—men, I tell you.”
                                          2. Kurtz passes judgment on all existence
                                            1. that wide and immense stare embracing condemning, nothing all universe
                                              1. reference to empires and what they are supposed to do
                                                1. the helmsman
                                                  1. women are being decived by men
                                                    1. savagery is within everybody
                                                      1. there is no restraint for savagery in civilisation
                                                        1. talk of modern empires such as roman and English now
                                                          1. „ Sandbanks, marshes, forests, savages,—precious little to eat fit for a civilized man, nothing but Thames water to drink. No Falernian wine here, no going ashore. Here and there a military camp lost in a wilderness, like a needle in a bundle of hay—cold, fog, tempests, disease, exile, and death,—death skulking in the air, in the water, in the bush.”
                                                2. The plan for the essay
                                                  1. 1. we have to identify who Kurtz was and how this influences the essay. explain where Kurtz is now and what he is and was
                                                    1. 2. We have to present the idea of Marlow can interpret these words and introduce the ideas at hand (mentioned above in this case).
                                                      1. BODY 1
                                                        1. utilization of specific phrases to describe how Kurtz passes judgment on human nature at the moment of infinite knowledge (i.e. the moment before his death)
                                                          1. explanation and evaluation of the paragraph.
                                                            1. BODY 2
                                                              1. Utilisation of specific phrases to describe how Kurtz passes judgment on all existence at the moment of infinite knowledge ( write the quote, explain the quote in reference to Cedric Watts idea
                                                                1. explanation and evaluation of the paragraph
                                                                  1. CONCLUSION
                                                                    1. conclude the essay by elaborating on the details and evaluating the plausibility of the possible implications.
                                                                      1. or describe other possiblities (NOT TOO MUCH DETAIL) and describe what ultimately could be what Kurtz mean in his words.
                                                        2. Also introduce the idea of Cedrick watts
                                                          1. remember to write that this is all MARLOW'S INTERPRETATION
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