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Why does the narrator refer to Leggatt as "my other self"? Describe how the...
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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.
Posted by amy-lepore on October 7, 2007 at 9:45 PM (Answer #1)
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