I think the native woman represents the Congo. I think that she is the symbol of life that represents all that the Congo is. She is beauty of the land and her garment represents the riches of the land. Even though there is beauty in the land, it still is a very dangerous place. This women also represents that danger too. The text says that she was savage and wild-eyed, she was the wild, the mysteriousness of the land.  She is a women of power and strength, she is a symbol that represents  civilization. I am so glad we went over this in class. I was a little lost on just how she fit into the story. I wouldn’t have never looked at her character the way I do now, if Mrs. Vance had not went over the native woman.

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