Paragraph Eight: Whose ending should we believe, Marlow's or Conrad's?
- In Brussels, why does Marlow find it difficult
adjusting to the sight of people going about their normal daily
- What does Kurtz's old newspaper buddy believe his
true occupation should have been? (116)
Having dispensed with nearly all of Kurtz's papers,
Marlow makes one last visit, to Kurtz's fiancée. He has come to return
some letters. Waiting in her beautifully apportioned parlor, Marlow
looks about and his glance lingers on the ivory keys of the grand piano.
- What are Kurtz's
fiancée's memories of him? (120-122) (92-93)
- What does Marlow remember when he observes, with a
pang of compassion, that this woman's grief is still fresh despite the
passage of a whole year since Kurtz's death? (73)
- What is so ironic and terrible about her memories
of Kurtz? (Notice her gesture on page 75. Of whom does that remind you?)
- Why does Marlow lie to
her about Kurtz's final words? (123) (96)
In the novel's famous final paragraph, the un-named
narrator describes Marlow just after he has fallen silent, having ended
his strange tale.
- How does the un-named narrator describe Marlow?
- Why does the narrator describe him as like 'a
meditating Buddha'? What does the Buddha teach us is the meaning of all
- How has the novel gone full circle?