"The Secret Sharer" By Joseph Conrad

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The story of "The Secret Sharer" written by Joseph Conrad is about a Young Nameless Captain who was not sure of himself or of what he was doing aboard the ship. He feels strange aboard the ship and also unfamiliar with the sailors, he feels that they don't trust him and would betray him, as they sailed to the Gulf of Siam he would embark on a journey that would take him to discover his true-self and his real purpose on the ship.They went to the Gulf of Siam the Nameless Captain was commanding a crew and a ship that he didn't know he felt insecure about his decisions and most of all he felt insecure about himself. While the Captain is on board he sees a ship in a far distance, later on he would tell to the rest of the crew seeing a ship near the coast. Most of the mates guessed that the ship was a coal ship named Sephora, but ...view middle of the document...

The Nameless Captain felt sympathy for the criminal Leggatt and also felt identified; because of his young age and sincerity and because of that reason the Nameless Captain did not accused or imprisoned the criminal Leggatt.The Nameless Captain managed to keep his friend identity a secret from the rest of the sailors. The next morning the Captain would act strangely and would give his first order to the sailors. The Captain would keep the criminal Leggatt a secret by hiding him in his bathroom, so when they did the cleaning they wouldn't find him, while he was supposed to be washing himself. He would call this person his own secret self.The Captain of the Sephora, Captain Archbold came on board looking for the criminal Leggatt. The Nameless Captain denied seeing the criminal and barely persuaded Archbold that he wasn't on board. Archbold suspected that the Nameless Captain was hiding him; he leaves the ship and returns to the Sephora.After four days of hiding aboard the ship the criminal Leggatt decides that it's time to leave. The Nameless Captain plans to get closer to an island so Leggatt can swim to it, while Leggatt escapes the ship is close to the shore and is in danger on crashing onto the rocky islands. The Nameless Captain struggles to maintain control of the ship and shouts orders to all of the sailors; they managed to save the ship from crashing. After the close crash experience the shipmates all respect the Captain from making the right decisions during the near crash.The Young Nameless Captain was a man that didn't know his truth identity and his reason of being a captain. Until one day he met Leggatt that he considered as his twin identity and after a dangerous experience he finally knows his truth identity. This story teaches us to find what are we, and the reason for.

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