Yes, he had plundered and killed and destroyed, but in the end he acknowledged the cruelty of life and had judged it-more than can be said about the countless others that die daily in the "heart of darkness".
The best one can do is to guess at their meaning. They become hollow men, empty of humanity and unnaturally savage.
A man named Kurtz; selfish, greedy, and powerful are just a few words to describe him amongst most respect and fear came frequently.
However, they are so nonspecific that they defy interpretation. Why does Conrad use this word this often?
The white European females are looked upon as domestic beings who should tend only to their home worlds, while the only African women is portrayed as a sexual object. The horror!
The horror! It belongs to the important scene in the book, in which Kurtz dies.