Joseph Conrad | Critical Essay by Celia M. Kingsbury

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Joseph Conrad.
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Critical Essay by Celia M. Kingsbury

SOURCE: Kingsbury, Celia M. “‘The Novelty of Real Feelings’: Restraint and Duty in Conrad's ‘The Return.’” Conradiana: A Journal of Joseph Conrad Studies 32, no. 1 (spring 2000): 31-40.

In the following essay, Kingsbury investigates the role of self-restraint in “The Return.”

Alvan Hervey, protagonist of Conrad's 1897 story “The Return,” tells his estranged wife that “Self-restraint is everything in life.”1 And in much of Conrad's work, restraint is the key to personal decency and social stability. In Heart of Darkness, Marlow reminds us that Kurtz's lack of restraint functions as a primary factor in his downfall. But restraint itself becomes the key to Hervey's downfall. Crushed when he discovers that his wife of five years has almost left him for a...

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