Theme Of The Secret Sharer, By Joseph Conrad

1083 words - 5 pages

The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad presents many themes throughout its complex narration of characters and the ideas it explicates through the novella. Amidst all the many themes that are presented there is one main theme that is thoroughly supported by Conrad in The Secret Sharer. The theme that is supported is, the ability that a person has, to change their moral and ethical beliefs due to their inexperience and self doubt as a leader. In the beginning the Captain is an upstanding, law abiding individual, yet his interaction with the murderer, and Leggatt, reveals him as someone who is insecure and easily malleable, this trait allows the captain to make many very illogical ...view middle of the document...

" (pg 653)The crew does not understand his decision and immediately labels him almost idiotic, showing much suspicion in his actions. This opinion of the captain gives the crew an uneasy feeling around the new leading member of the ship, also causing the captain to obtain even more self doubt, and inevitably causing the irrational decision to stow a murderer on board.


The captains self doubt continues as he reflects upon his actions, and presumably lead up to the letting of Leggatt to board the ship. As the captain recalls his previous decision, he notes what his deck hands may have been thinking, making him even more vulnerable to an experienced sailors knowledge and input, distorting his decision making capabilities. "I asked myself whether it was wise ever to interfere with the established routine of duties even from the kindest of motives. My action might have made me appear eccentric. Goodness only knew how that absurdly whiskered mate would `account' fro my conduct, and what the whole ship thought of that informality of their new captain. I was vexed with myself."(pg 653) This thought and self doubt allows the captain to become preoccupied with his prior decision making. When he is confronted with the new passenger on his boat, Leggatt, this causes him to make an irrational decision to stow the murderer on board. The captain's first conversation with Leggatt begins with,


"'Aha! Something wrong?'


`Yes. Very wrong indeed. I've killed a man.'"(pg 657)


These first few words should have given the captain the hint of danger, yet is self doubt, and consequent curiosity allowed Leggatt to stay aboard and remain a mystery to the rest of the ship for many days, causing the captain to become uneasy with fright, and doubt himself even more as Leggatt's presence on the boat nearly gets revealed several times.


As the knowledge of Leggatt's existence came nearer to becoming spread trough out the boat, the captain became very uneasy with the fact that Leggatt may...

Other Papers Like Theme Of The Secret Sharer, By Joseph Conrad

Heart Of Darkness - Reflection By Joseph Conrad. Chapter Two

1031 words - 5 pages Heart of Darkness - ReflectionHeart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad is a novel which deals with many aspects of civilised society and the effect that other worlds have upon civilised people. Conrad particularly focus's on the changes that occur to people when they travel into the depths of Africa which he aptly refers to as the Heart of Darkness.At this stage of the text Conrad, through the character of Marlow, is explaining to us the trip up the

Comparing "Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad" And Its Film Adaptation "Apocalypse Now" By Francis Ford Coppola

2284 words - 10 pages Chief in Heart of Darkness, Kilgore represented the civilized man who set himself apart from the war, which correlated with the Accountant and Manager, and of course, Kurtz was Kurtz.Francis Ford Coppola had the same ideas as Joseph Conrad when producing Apocalypse Now. Both Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness displayed similar thoughts of injustice, imperialism, and horror. Coppola made changes to adapt Heart of Darkness better to the time

Secret of the Darkness

1033 words - 5 pages 5the secret of the darkness…….. She slowed her steps until the came to a halt on the streetlight-lit path, Booth's assuring words of Angela and Hodgins' new family giving her new courage. She turned to face him, taking a deep breath, trying to keep her voice steady. "I'm...I'm pregnant…you're the father." She met his eyes with clear uncertainty, trying to gauge his reaction. He stared at her with disbelief for a second before breaking out into

The Life of Joseph

2339 words - 10 pages very handsome and tried to seduce him. Joseph turned her away several times because he was very loyal to Potiphar. She could not stand to be refused by Joseph, so she grabbed Joseph’s clothing and ripped off a piece. He ran out of the house, leaving that piece of cloth in her hand. She began telling all of the servants that Joseph had tried to seduce her, and eventually Potiphar was told. He was furious at Joseph’s betrayal and sentenced him to

The Secret Life of Bees

516 words - 3 pages August, and Lily is consumed by their secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women. Lily’s journey is one of painful secrets and shattering betrayals but that ultimately helps Lily find the thing her heart longs for most. Throughout the book, the reader comes to know a cluster of characters. One character that sticks out the most is June Boatwright. According to the book "her hair

The Secret Life of Bees

1521 words - 7 pages Book Report Options Mrs. McDonough For 8th grade D.E.C.A.L. English classes The following is a list of project types that can be created to showcase your learning and understanding of the story that you read on your own. Each marking period you will first have a book approved by Mrs. McDonough. Each marking period will

The Secret of Bmw’s Success

1366 words - 6 pages The Secret of BMW’s Success I. Major Problem (Problem Statement) Achieving a turnaround of BMW’s revenue performance from a sluggish 2009 sales performance. II. Objectives (Situation Analysis) Introduction Specialized in the production of automobiles, Bayerische Motoren Werke commonly known as BMW Group is globally considered one of the most successful companies in the world. BMW continues to be one of the best players in the luxury

Secret History of the Mongols

681 words - 3 pages Epic Hero The Hero of the epic would definitely be Chingis Khan aka Genghis Khan because he was the one who united all of the nomadic tribes into the great Mongol Empire. However, he did it with great cunningness and cleverness by betraying his close enemies and manipulating his friends. Since Temujin was his birth given name Genghis Khan (universal ruler) would be his greatest epithet along with many other titles as he conquered other enemy

The Secret Life Of Bees, By Sue Monk Kidd, And The Catcher In The Rye, By J.D Salinger

1269 words - 6 pages Experiencing a tragedy at a young age causes many problems as that individual grows up. The most common effects are changes in usual behavior, episodes of crying or sadness, and suicidal thoughts. In The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D Salinger, the death of a close sibling causes two characters to act out and experience these effects. Enduring a tragedy often leaves one with feelings

The Theme of Isolation

1033 words - 5 pages The Theme of Isolation In the novel Winesburg, Ohio, written by Sherwood Anderson, one of the most reoccurring themes is isolation. The idea of loneliness is conveyed by Anderson though out majority of his stories. At the time that Anderson is writing Winesburg, he had completely abandoned his wife and three children a few years earlier. He left for Chicago to pursue his career in writing. I imagine this change from a full home life to a

Secret Life of Walter Mitty / the Necklace

2594 words - 11 pages Dreaming of a Better Life Adam Bolthouse ENG125 – Introduction to Literature Prof. Donna Marvel May 9, 2011 When comparing literary works with commonality and contrast in short stories, one has to think about theme, tone, symbolism, irony, and imagination. All of these literary terms can combine and make a great piece of literature. What is it that separates literary works from being common? In The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James

Related Essays

"The Secret Sharer" By Joseph Conrad

711 words - 3 pages 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

"The Secret Agent" By Joseph Conrad

729 words - 3 pages Fear Dictates PoliticsJoseph Conrad's novel The Secret Agent is a story of politics. Set in London in the early 1900s, Conrad has included a character from every point on the social and political spectrums, from extreme anarchists on the left to equally as extreme fascists on the right and everything in between. Looking more closely at two characters in particular, each on different sides of the political spectrum, it is apparent that no matter

The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

1022 words - 5 pages The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece, The Heart of Darkness, speaks of many characters with many different characteristics and personalities. It contains characters from all standings of society. In every case, except for Marlow and Kurtz, the characters are referred to by their position. Albeit the name of Fresleven, the man who commanded the steam boat on the Congo before Marlow, is

The Secret Sharer Essay

1008 words - 5 pages The Secret Sharer: the essay In the long short story The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad the narrator plays the captain of a merchant ship that is foreign to him. He is assigned to this foreign ship on a very short notice. He is expected to lead the crew to their destination, safely. This captain is lonely he has not one soul to speck to. He doesn’t know these people who he somehow is suppose to lead. His first night on the ship he finds his