“It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be.” (pg. 12)
It is easy to see how Heart of Darkness could be seen as a misogynistic book but ion reality, the women are rather influential. On the surface, almost all of the female characters are seen as frivolous or simply weak. Marlow’s aunt is seen as a foolish woman who doesn’t really know anything about the world, but it must be pointed out that if not for his aunt, Marlow would never have gotten the job working for the Company. In terms of Kurtz’s mistress, she is only seen briefly by Marlow but he hears talk of how much influence she seems to have over the crazed Kurtz as well.