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In Part Two, Marlow discovers Kurtz's report sanctioned by the International Society for the Suppression of Savages. This report began with the following:

the argument that we whites... 'must necessarily appear to them [savages] in the nature of supernatural beings- we approach them with the might as of a deity,'... 'By simple exercise of our will we can exert a power for good practically unbounded'

However, at the end of the pamphlet, Marlow viewed a postscript which read "Exterminate all the brutes!" Marlow notes the following of the postscript:

'He [Kurtz] had apparently forgotten all about that valuable postrscriptum, because, later on, when he in a sense came to himself, he repeatedly entreated me to take good care of "my pamphlet" (he called it), as it was sure to have a good influence upon his career.

What does this postscript reveal?


That Kurtz understood that he had chosen a life from which he would not return.


That Kurtz realized that the Europeans and the natives were not so different in their shared brutality.


That Kurtz realized he had chosen an uncivilized life.


That Kurtz realized his attempts to civilize the natives were fruitless.


That Kurtz's only recourse for maintaining his sanity was to kill the natives since he had become more native than civilized.

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