Homework Help

Why does the narrator refer to Leggatt as "my other self"? Describe how the...

user profile pic

brokenheart138 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 25, 2007 at 6:05 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Why does the narrator refer to Leggatt as "my other self"? Describe how the narrator and Leggatt are similar.

1 Answer | Add Yours

user profile pic

amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 7, 2007 at 9:45 PM (Answer #1)

dislike 0 like

The narrator is referring to Leggatt as his alter ego--everything he wishes he could be but is not.  The captain is only 27-years old, a young man to be in charge of men who are older and much more experienced than himself. The captain identifies with Leggatt, and through this identification he achieves a greater self-definition. The exact nature of the connection between the captain and Leggatt, however, is not clear. Leggatt has killed a man and is fleeing to escape punishment, but he may have committed this act in order to save his fellow crewmembers from danger. Through Leggatt, the captain becomes a stronger and more aggressive leader, but he also shows signs of instability.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes