Themes in Heart of Darkness

Conrad recognized that deception is most sinister when it becomes self-deception and the individual takes seriously his own fictions. Kurtz "could get himself to believe anything- anything." His benevolent words of his report for the International Society for the Suppression of Savage customs was meant sincerely enough, but a deeper sincerity spoke through his scrawled postscript "Exterminate all the brutes!"