Talk:Birds of the Master

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Birds of the Master / Heart of Darkness[edit]

Would it be proper to mention that the story of Birds of the Master bears a striking resemblance to Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad?


  • The entire "journey as a symbol for a exploration into darkness and horror
  • The "stations" along the journey are similar (hard working ruthless camp, inefficient camp, surprise attack)
  • The river, first as the boat ride, then as following the klaar lines
  • Kurtz and the Master are both similar characters of mythical proportions
  • The everpresent threat of madness, in BotM symbolized by the birds
  • How the master rules through horror without the leash of civilization, yet is fed/created through civilization
  • How the main characters carry some of the darkness with them as they leave, in the case of BotM in a very graphical sense
  • Several of the character concepts (brave primitives, out of place pilgrims)