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Anna NycumEN 110-12Draft 1Blacks, Whites, and All the Shades of GreyCaptains Charlie Marlow and Amasa Delano encounter evils while working as seamen. Facing this evil is not easy for either captain. The areas of right and wrong are clouded by the consequences of their actions. No matter what they choose, all the evil cannot be eradicated, and all the good cannot be saved. Marlow chose to be respectful even when others didn’t necessarily deserve it. Delano acted out of passion and societal pressures to confront evil. In my opinion, Captain Marlow acted more honorablyand effectively because of his restraint and respect for human life and dignity.While Marlow isn’t necessarily ready to accept the native Africans as human beings equal to whites, he is still respectful to the natives and blacks he had working on his ship. For his time, Marlow would have been one of the more tolerant and kind men to the blacks. He talks highly of the trained black man who works on the steamboat. He often comments about how horrible it is to watch the other men mistreat the natives at the stations. When he first sees the starving people underneath the trees, he can’t even callthem human; not because he doesn’t think of them as humans, but because they are sothin and close to death from the starvation and abuse. He seems moved by this scene: “I found nothing else to do but to offer him one of my good Swede’s ship’s biscuits I had in my pocket. The fingers closed slowly on it and held – there was no other movement and no other glance.” (Conrad 17) Marlow knows he can do little to help these sickly people, but he feels sympathy for them because he knows they shouldn’t be treated in this way.
Nycum 2Marlow also shows a lot of respect and sympathy for Mr. Kurtz, even though you could argue he didn’t deserve it. Since Kurtz was frail and weak, it would have been

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Term
Fall
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JulieWoodling
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Heart of Darkness, Melville Stories, White people, Charlie Marlow, Delano, Captain Amasa Delano

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