The main theme of Conrad's story is the initiation experience of Marlow on his first voyage to the "Eastern waters."
Since the story does not offer any complex psychological portraits (aside from the youthful Marlow), it does not develop the complexity of theme associated with many of Conrad's other works. Nevertheless, Marlow's determination to establish himself on the voyage, and the courage and tenacity he displays are attested to by his battle against the adversities of the ship.
A related theme is the growth of Marlow's independence and maturing selfconfidence. At first, he seems determined to stick to the voyage through stubbornness and an affection for the elderly captain, who despite being sixty is making his first voyage in command. Nevertheless, Marlow defers generally to the judgment of the other officers, as an inexperienced second mate should, even though he knows the captain to be somewhat insecure and though...
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Joseph Conrad Biographies (7)
19,918 words, approx. 67 pages
Biography EssayJoseph Conrad is now widely accepted as one of the modernist masters of serious narrative fiction. Historically placed, he is a major figure in the transition from Victorian fiction to ...
1,842 words, approx. 7 pages
The Polish-born English novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was concerned with men under stress, deprived of the ordinary supports of civilized life and forced to confront the mystery of human individu...
6,281 words, approx. 21 pages
Writing in his The Great Tradition, the respected critic F. R. Leavis noted that Joseph Conrad "is among the greatest novelists in the language--in any language." Indeed, language is at the very heart...
2,101 words, approx. 8 pages
Joseph Conrad 's reputation as a literary figure of major proportions rests entirely on his fiction. In relation to this large canon his dramatic works are incidental, derivative, and slight in volume...
19,212 words, approx. 65 pages
Joseph Conrad is now widely accepted as one of the modernist masters of serious narrative fiction. Historically placed, he is a major figure in the transition from Victorian fiction to the more perpl...
3,377 words, approx. 12 pages
Joseph Conrad's reputation as a major modern writer rests almost exclusively on his novels and short fiction. But even if his five volumes of occasional writings only infrequently achieve the high dis...
12,447 words, approx. 42 pages
The short fiction of Joseph Conrad is central to his literary achievement. Conrad wrote forty-three works of fiction, of which thirty-one are short, ranging from stories of a few pages to novellas of ...
Essays & Analysis (2)
822 words, approx. 3 pages
Good morning/afternoon. I am here today to talk to you about the stereotype that youth are dangerous, violent, hooligans. Youth are being stereotyped in this way because the media is over representing...
490 words, approx. 2 pages
In today's society, a huge issue is the problem of youth crime and associated drug abuse and vandalism. High youth unemployment is also a contributing factor to this social problem. Much of this occ...