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Some motifs are decay, darkness, stagnancy, and selfishness. These morbid motifs are repeatedly pounded into the story, so that these ideas are implanted into our brains. These motifs suggest that human nature is responsible for the underlying evil found in us all. Human "darkness" is found in all of us, and Conrad reveals this theme to us by examining the human nature that is revealed in the characters exposed to the twisted African jungle. Everyone respects Kurtz and aspires to be like him, but Kurtz is selfish; he chooses to stay in the threatening jungle to squeeze out as much ivory as he can. The evilness in human nature is blinded from everyone, and when they get caught into this ivory-grubbing frenzy, it'll just be too late. They will be ensnared by the dark, thick jungle.