In the beginning of the story, the first unnamed narrator explains the surroundings and the people on the ship The Nellie. There is the lawyer, the accountant, and the Director of Companies, as well as Marlow. Marlow tells the story of his experience in the Congo through the first narrator. He starts speaking about the history of exploration and the conquest of the earth, and then begins to tell his story of the Journey towards Kurtz. In this section, the themes of the importance of work and the hollowness of civilization are prevalent.