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Why did Marlow lie? On pg. 24, Marlow said that he hates and detests lies (you can read the book online). If you google "Why did Marlow lie?" you get dozens of answers, all leading to the point that telling the truth would do no one any good, and it is better for the dead to be well thought of, blah blah blah, etc. etc. etc. I think this is true, as far as ...


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There are three reasons why Marlow lied. 1. Too profound to explain Marlow keenly felt that his profound experience - of the Belgian Congo in general, and of Kurtz in particular - was beyond explanation to ordinary European citizens. He says that after his return to "the sepulchral city" (Brussels), he found himself "resenting the sight of people ...


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There are two parts to this question: the meaning of "between us there was ... the bond of the sea", and the significance of the interposed clause "as I have already said somewhere". The novel is a frame story, in which the unidentified first-person narrator describes being with four friends, plus "the Director of Companies" as their host and captain, ...


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Marlow says he felt as if ("as though") he was going on a journey to the centre of the earth. This can be seen as a foreshadowing of events later in the novel, when he encounters Kurtz. Kurtz had once been described as someone who would get far in the trading company for which he worked and "the International Society for the Suppression of ...


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