Antagonist Avatar: The Manager of the Company The Manager is one of the multiple sources of evil Marlow encounters during the narrative. He and Kurtz have the similarity of working in the colonial ivory trade, yet with different motives. Kurtz works to fulfill his own moral agenda, while the Manager works only out of greed. Many Africans suffer death because of him. The first description of the manager is used in the avatar below, and comes from page 30 in Heart of Darkness.