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Marlow's Aunt

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Why is it ironic that Marlow needs his aunt's help to get him an appointment on a vessel?

A

Marlow has not spoken to his aunt in fifteen years and has no relationship with her. However, she believes family is the most important thing, so she helps him.

B

Marlow does not view women as equal to men, yet he goes to his aunt for help in securing employment.

C

Marlow's aunt is old and senile so she doesn't understand the danger in which she is putting Marlow.

D

Marlow's aunt is prejudiced towards any non-Europeans, yet she agrees to send Marlow to "darkest Africa."

E

Marlow aunt is Kurtz's aunt as well, so she wants to make sure Kurtz is safely returned to Europe.