Dead Man parallels the journey of enlightenment present in Heart of Darkness. Blake and Marlow go on journeys of observation due to circumstance and incentive rather than personal choice. Blake goes to Machine town on account of a letter and runs from false accusations while Marlow joins the propaganda of Belgium imperialism. On the river, Marlow discovers a horror in life that he did not know in his cut off life in London. He did not suspect the brutality of imperialism before traveling on the Congo. Blake is naive when he travels to Machine town. He only says his parents are dead, his fiance left him, and he received a letter from the company in the town. Blake gains a social perspective traveling with Nobody just as Marlow gains a perspective on human nature, greed and violence.