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The Nameless

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With the exception of Marlow and Kurtz, the characters in the novella remain nameless.

Why did Conrad leave his characters unnamed?

A

This choice indicates that Marlow and Kurtz are the only significant characters.

B

Conrad places the focus on Marlow and Kurtz. Also, the lack of names shows a universality of the "types" of characters, especially the European Intended and the African mistress.

C

By not naming the characters, Conrad ensures that the reader does not get confused with tribal and Dutch names.

D

By not naming the characters, Conrad was able to finish the novella more quickly since he did not have to choose significant names.

E

By not naming the characters, Conrad was able to differentiate between the natives and the Europeans by a physical description solely.