Kurtz is first introduced the audience learns that he is a Belgian ivory trader and he was sent to Africa by his employer for work. This quote relates to how in society everyone must be able to show an attitude, a facade, something that makes them acceptable to society.
In Heart of Darkness, Marlow was not only on a quest to trade ivory and meet Kurtz, but he was on a quest to discover himself and his self conscious.
England i. He never actually produces any bricks, as he is supposedly waiting for some essential element that is never delivered. They hate the natives and treat them like animals, although in their greed and ridiculousness they appear less than human themselves.
They are the audience for the central story of Heart of Darkness, which Marlow narrates. Like Africa and Kurtz, we hide something, a mystery. Marlow is sent to retrieve Kurtz from the evil influences in the Congo, and a wild journey on a tainted river ensues. Marlow is philosophical, independent-minded, and generally skeptical of those around him.
The Heart of Darkness explores this transformation through the three chapters of the novella. Mystery is a very common genre of literature.
They represent the kind of man Marlow would have likely become had he not gone to Africa: well meaning and moral but ignorant as to a large part of the world beyond England. You know how looking at a math problem similar to the one you're stuck on can help you get unstuck?