Heart of Darkness

Marlow says that he came to an important realization as he neared Kurtz's Station. What is the realization, and to what extent does it influence or explain his behavior in the rest of the story?

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Marlow realizes that Kurtz, once deemed β€œan emissary of light,” may have immersed himself in, or even become, the heart of darkness. Marlow becomes disillusioned with Kurtz and really the Europeans as a whole.