A character in the novel Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. Kurtz is a corrupt European ivory trader in Africa, who dies on a boat on the Congo river.
A character in the novel Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. He is an African servant who announces the death of Kurtz—the voice quoted in the first epigraph.
A conspirator to blow up British Parliament in the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
The voice of the second epigraph. He is offering an effigy to burn while begging for money to buy fireworks on Guy Fawkes Day.
A group of amoral, paralyzed scarecrows stuck on a riverbank, unable to generate enough faith in the afterlife to cross over to the other side.
The dead, who judge the Men to be Hollow.
They sing a perverse version of a nursery rhyme at the beginning and end of the last stanza. This chorus could also be interpreted as the voices of the Hollow Men.
He recites a parody of a liturgy in the final stanza, in which the Shadow of death prevents all fulfillment.
The chorus in italics in the last stanza who attempt and fail to recite the Lord’s Prayer. This chorus could also be interpreted as the voices of the Hollow Men.