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Heart of Darkness

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Vocabulary in Context: Voracious

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I could see the cage of his ribs all astir, the bones of his arm waving. It was as though an animated image of death carved out of old ivory had been shaking its hand with menaces at a motionless crowd of men made of dark and glittering bronze. I saw him open his mouth wide—it gave him a weirdly voracious aspect, as though he had wanted to swallow all the air, all the earth, all the men before him (section 3)

In the following passage, what does voracious mean?

A

Voracious means evil. Marlow is afraid Kurtz will turn on him as implied by the words image of death, and menaces, which have negative connotations.

B

Voracious means near-death. Marlow is afraid that if Kurtz can't take in enough air, he will die.

C

Voracious means very hungry or eager. Marlow realizes that Kurtz has a greedy personality which wants to take in everything he believes is his to have.

D

Voracious means temperamental. Marlow realizes he and his men are at danger due to Kurtz's unstable temperament.

E

Voracious means satisfied. Marlow realizes that Kurtz is satisfied with his life and with the current situation.