Heart of Darkness

by: Joseph Conrad

Five Key Questions

Summary Five Key Questions

3) What does Kurtz talk about to Marlow on the boat?

Although Marlow doesn’t fully comprehend Kurtz’s fragmented speech, Kurtz essentially discusses his work and legacy with Marlow—fiancé, station, career, and portions of articles he once wrote for newspapers. He also describes his childish fantasies of wealth and fame, including the desire for kings to greet him at the railway station upon his return. Before his condition worsens, Kurtz gives Marlow a bundle of private papers for safekeeping, in a last-ditch attempt at preserving his legacy.