Throughout the story, Heart of Darkness, there is a thin line between what is seen as reality and what is illusion. The main character soon realizes that he has different interpretations of events and physical things than that of the Europeans. Charlie Marlow first realizes how many things, events and even people, in Africa, seemed misnamed by the Europeans, distorting them from what they truly are. Consequently he is wary of labeling something in case
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It takes an open mind and personal reflection to be able to reach your inner self. It is because of this that Marlow, as well as Kurtz, are the only ones referred to by name; they, as a result of their enlightenment, are the only ones that know the true meaning of a name and the importance of inner strength and being true to oneself.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad