Faith in the Heart of Darkness: What Conrad Intended with "the Intended"

David L. Rozema

David L. Rozema explores the idea that the "value and significance" Joseph Conrad saw for Heart of Darkness lies in the essential difference between the kind of faith by which Marlow lives and the kind of faith by which Kurtz's Intended lives. A close reading of the story's "descriptive detail" reveals that Conrad thinks Marlow's kind of faith ends in despair, leaving the reader to wonder whether the Intended's kind of faith ends in hope. Mr. Rozema is professor of philosophy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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