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Why is it ironic that Marlow needs his aunt's help to get him an appointment on a vessel?
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.
Marlow does not view women as equal to men, yet he goes to his aunt for help in securing employment.
Marlow's aunt is old and senile so she doesn't understand the danger in which she is putting Marlow.
Marlow's aunt is prejudiced towards any non-Europeans, yet she agrees to send Marlow to "darkest Africa."
Marlow aunt is Kurtz's aunt as well, so she wants to make sure Kurtz is safely returned to Europe.