Heart of Darkness

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Marlow believes that women exist in a world of beautiful illusions that have nothing to do with truth or the real world. In this way, women come to symbolize civilization's ability to hide its hypocrisy and darkness behind pretty ideas.
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Women Symbol Timeline in Heart of Darkness

The timeline below shows where the symbol Women appears in Heart of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1
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The Hollowness of Civilization Theme Icon
The Lack of Truth Theme Icon
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...missionary work, and expresses amazement to his friends on the boat how out of touch women are with the truth. (full context)
Part 3
The Hollowness of Civilization Theme Icon
The Lack of Truth Theme Icon
...ship the natives gather. Among them, next to the ship a "savage and superb" African woman paces back and forth. The Russian's comments about her imply that she was Kurtz's mistress. (full context)