On the way to the Company’s outer station, Marlow sees a French ship firing into the dense forest of Africa. This act of violence seems futile and pointless, as no work is actually being performed by this large tool. There is nothing to be shot at and the entire situation seems mad. When Marlow enters into the Outer Station, there is a slew of rusty machinery around that performs no work at all. Also, there are african workers who continuously attempt to blow up mountainsides to no avail. This brings up both the themes of work and the hypocracy of Imperialism.
Continuing on, Marlow descends into the “Grove of Death” which he compares to a circle of hell. There the workers go to die, and it is a horrid place of the effects of the greed of the Company’s ivory trade.