Kurtz starts his journey with humanitarian aims-to further the cause of "progress" and to bring those in "darkness" into the "light." What is the result of his work? Why do you think it turns out this way?
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I'm not sure how much of "humanitarian" work could be got from a private European company during this era. Still, Kurtz is an enigma. He ends up becoming consumed into the darkness. He assimilates himself into the native culture but not for any kind of charitable purpose. He pretty much goes insane and sets himself up as some sort of king or demigod. This speaks to the darkness of the Congo that the white man cannot fathom.