Lord Jim Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 78 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Lord Jim.
This section contains 3,112 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Lord Jim Study Guide

In the following essay, Hewitt discusses Lord Jim in contrast with Heart of Darkness.

Lord Jim was begun immediately after Conrad had finished writing 'Youth' in the summer of 1898, dropped for a time, taken up again after he had written Heart of Darkness, and finished in the summer of 1900. 'My first thought', he says in the 'Author's Note' to the Collected Edition, 'was of a short story, concerned only with the pilgrim ship episode; nothing more'. But later he perceived that

which could conceivably colour the whole 'sentiment of existence' in a simple and sensitive character.

Signs of this change in conception may be discerned, though not where we might expect to find them—in a thinness of material or an untidy linking of an illogical second part. Rather are they apparent in a certain muddlement throughout, an uncertainty of the final impression intended by Conrad.

In...

(read more from the Critical Essay #2 section)

This section contains 3,112 words
(approx. 8 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the Lord Jim Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
Lord Jim from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.