He rules by fear, killing or threatening when necessary.
He makes deals with local chiefs.
He trades with the locals for their ivory.
He hunts down elephants himself.
He doesn't have any hold over him.
He uses his voice to mesmerize him.
He has formed a semi-friendship with him, since he is the only other white man.
The Russian is captivated by Kurtz's personality.
Decorative pieces of ivory
Carved religious symbols
Shrunken heads of Kurtz's opponents
Skulls of recently killed monkeys
Kurtz is on a stretcher, yet he commands the native audience.
Kurtz is extremely tall, yet he has a very small voice.
The Russian won't let Marlow meet Kurtz, yet he does anyway.
Kurtz accepts his fate, yet still tries to escape from the natives.
Kurtz has no morals anymore.
Kurtz isn't long for life on earth.
Kurtz will soon float away in his own mind.
Kurtz has attained god-like status.
He admires them for their uniqueness.
He hates them for their cannibalism.
He is angered by their devotion to Kurtz.
He can't wait to bring one of them back to Europe.
Kurtz's descent into madness.
Kurtz's despair at never seeing his family again.
Kurtz's inability to pull himself out of the darkness of his soul.
Kurtz's wish to hide his evil from the world.
Tell my intended I love her.
The horror! The horror!
I can see Jesus!
Break on through to the other side.
He feels they will destroy Kurtz's reputation.
He wants to deliver them himself.
He doesn't trust the company that made Kurtz go insane.
He wishes he had died in the Congo and Kurtz's things remind him of that time.
Kurtz succumbed to the evil of his own desires; Marlow didn't.
Kurtz was a strong man; Marlow thinks he is weaker of will.
Marlow is a slave to destiny; Kurtz made his own.
Marlow wishes he had died in the Congo; Kurtz did that.
He tells Kurtz's intended that her name was the last thing he said before dying.
He tells the company that Kurtz never did anything wrong.
He testifies to a court that Kurtz was at fault for a number of killings.
He tells his Aunt that he has had a wonderful time in Congo.
A frame tale
A shell game
A nine-act sequence
He allowed Kurtz to live life on his own terms at the end.
He saw the truth of what Kurtz was wrestling with and empathized.
He delivered bad news for Kurtz at home.
He took the easy way out of a tough situation.