Marlow describes how he ended up in Africa. He says that as a young boy, he “had a passion for maps.” What place on the map “charmed him”? Conrad is employing symbolism and an allusion through the snake – what are you supposed to understand?
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Answered by Aslan
I think he is referring to the Congo, particularly the river which had its own lure to seduce. Africa and the jungle as a whole can be seen in a similar context.