Heart of Darkness

Marlow says that the heads only show Kurtz's lack of restraint. Is it true? At the point, is Marlow a reliable character?

What biases might he have that readers do not?

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Marlow becomes a reliable character the moment he doubts his romantic obsession with Kurtz as a counterculture mystic. Marlow sees Kurtz for the greedy man that he is. Killing other natives is just one part of Kurtz's lack of restraint. Kurtz had set himself up as a king or demi-god. He had allowed himself to be swallowed up by the darkness and relent to the madness of the jungle.