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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

Companion

Character Role Analysis

The Harlequin (to Kurtz)

The strange Russian man dubbed "the harlequin" worships Kurtz, while the truth is that he's really more of a lackey and listener to Kurtz than a true companion. By listening to Kurtz's mad discourse, he believes that the man has "enlarged [his] mind" (2.37). Buying into Kurtz's foolish rationale lets him commit atrocious acts, like raiding other tribes and villages for their ivory. The harlequin, as something of a religious outcast, is searching for a god. And he finds it in Kurtz.


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