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Heart of Darkness begins on a British ship, Nellie on the coast of river Thames. It revolves around a seaman, Charlie Marlow who from the start is telling about his journey in his youth.
Marlow is travelling in Thames with Director of the Company who was also their captain, Lawyer, Accountant and the author of the book. Marlow from his youth was fascinated by exploration and maps. He always yearned to become an explorer. Soon after his return
from the Pacific he tried to get himself involved in another journey and set his mind to join ‘The Company’. He asked his aunt for help to become a Captain on steamboat and she somehow managed to get Marlow an appointment. Soon he replaced a captain who recently died in skirmish with the natives.
In no time Marlow was in the Company’s headquarters signing his contract where he was asked to sign a number of papers and visiting doctor. Marlow soon hopped on to the French steamer with Swede captain and on the boat he told him a story about a man who hanged himself. It took him 30 days to reach the Outer Company Station where he realised that natives are kept as slaves and saw the discrimination against them.
Marlow spent the next 10 days in the Company’s OuterStation where he meets the Company’s Chief Accountant who tells hims of “Mr. Kurtz”, who is incharge of a lucrative ivory-post. The Accountant described Kurtz as a ‘remarkable person’ and ‘first class agent’.
As soon as he arrived to Central Station he received the news that his steamer was at the bottom of the river and the bottom of the boat had been torn off. He meets the manager of the station thereafter. Marlow quickly inferred from the condition of the station that the Central Manager was no genius discernible talent with the exception that he had never been sick and told Marlow how critical the situation with Mr. Kurtz was. During repairing of the steamboat, a band ‘the Eldorado Exploring Expedition, whose leader was the uncle of manager came to the station.

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