The head of the Company's Central Station on the river. Untalented and unexceptional, the General Manager has reached his position of power in the Company because of his ability to cause vague uneasiness in others coupled with an ability to withstand the terrible jungle diseases year after year. The General Manager has no lofty moral ambitions, and cares only about his own power and position and making money.
The timeline below shows where the character General Manager appears in Heart of Darkness. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...sees with news that the ship he was supposed to pilot has sunk. Apparently, the General Manager had suddenly decided to try to reach Kurtz at the Inner Station with an inexperienced... (full context)
...Marlow approaches he sees a laborer being beaten for setting the blaze and overhears the General Manager talking with another man about Kurtz, saying they should try to "take advantage of this... (full context)
...follows the Brickmaker back to his quarters, which are much nicer than any but the General Manager 's. As they talk, Marlow realizes the Brickmaker is trying to get information from him... (full context)
...Instead, a group of "pilgrims" calling itself the Eldorado Exploring Expedition arrives, led by the General Manager 's uncle. They are all greedy, cowardly, and without any sort of foresight or understanding... (full context)
...batch of ivory, but apparently came halfway down the river and then turned back. The General Manager angrily mentions Kurtz's conviction that the stations should be focused as much on humanizing and... (full context)
...months of work, Marlow finishes repairing the ship. He immediately sets off upriver with the General Manager , a few pilgrims, and thirty cannibals as crew. Marlow prefers the cannibals, who don't... (full context)
...marvels at their restraint in not turning on the white men on the ship. The General Manager authorizes Marlow to take all risks in going upstream, knowing full well that Marlow will... (full context)
...knows that the steamship has been attacked, but says, "it's all right" now. As the General Manager and pilgrims go to get Kurtz, the harlequin comes on board and speaks with Marlow.... (full context)