Recently, the First Daughter of the United States of America has made "complicit" quite a trendy word--a frivolous anecdote; history will, nonetheless, have to reframe its context. "Complicit" means to be involved with others in an illegal or questionable activity.
Marlow lies in behalf of the deceased Kurtz, visits his "widowed" fiancée, and safeguards Kurtz's bequests. Does Marlow rebuke imperialist capitalism or is he complicit in it?
Are European women such as Marlow's aunt and Kurtz's fiancée also complicit even though they do not even take a step on the colony? If so, in what ways do you think they also partake in the exploitation of Africa and Africans?
Still again, does Kurtz's African mistress (on whom Kurtz must have doted many elephants' worth) benefit from European imperialism?