Heart of Darkness

Why does his aunt’s parting words bother Marlow?

Why did these goodbye words bother him?

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Marlow's aunt hopes that Marlow will help the hapless savages see the light of civilization, “weaning those ignorant millions from their horrid ways.” Marlow knows, however, that the company he works for exploits these "savages" and steals resources for profit. Marlow sees nothing "civilized" in that.