Last class, we talked about looking at the novel through a religious view. We connected Kurtz to Jesus, specifically Jesus’s journey to get crucified and also his resurrection. Also, the ivory serves as Kurtz’s God, since all he truly cares about is getting more ivory. To add on, I found some great quotes from the Bible that contribute to this theme of religion. Firstly, “…bad company corrupts good character” (1 Corinthians 15:33). Throughout the novel, Conrad demonstrates and implies that the environment in Africa and specifically in Congo pushes foreigners to their extremes, causing them to commit evil actions. Kurtz did not go into Africa with the intention of killing, however his methods of getting the ivory did eventually morph into murder. The Bible also states, “For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world” (1 John 2:16). This reflects the need for ivory that the Europeans have, which is ultimately wealth. As mentioned in class, the religion of the Europeans appears to be wealth. Nearly everything that they care about and their actions are driven by is the need for wealth. Kurtz, specifically, is so hungry for ivory that he kills the natives in order to get it.

– McClain

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