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The Secret Sharer

Well, the tricky thing about "The Secret Sharer" is that the reader never really knows for sure what Leggatt is. Joseph Conrad, the author, was an avid fan of Sigmund Freud. Although much of...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2018 5:21 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

The main symbols in the The Secret Sharer are as follow: the captain represents the Ego; Capt. Archbold represents the Super-ego Leggatt represents the Id the sea (above water is the Ego;...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010 10:22 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

There are a few reasons the title is called "The Secret Sharer." The narrator is given his first command of a ship. He wonders if he will live up to the standards he has set for himself in his...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2015 8:14 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

Leggatt killed the other sailor because he refused to obey orders during a storm and was endangering the vessel. Leggatt is a man who the narrator (who is the captain of the vessel) finds swimming...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 7:34 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

In "The Screct Sharer," the captain senses an inexplicable connection to the man floating alongside his ship: "The self-possession of that man had somehow induced a corresponding...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2008 10:49 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

In the exposition of "The Secret Sharer" by Joseph Conrad, the young captain as narrator remarks that he "was somewhat of a stranger to [him]self." Then, when he first sees Legatt he notes, "He...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 12:51 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

Since a critical analysis of fiction determines how effectively a work makes its argument (theme), or utilizes its techniques (characterization, atmosphere, symbolism, point of view, etc.), the...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2013 7:49 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

After the narrator allows the stranger to come onto his boat and then realizes that the man appeals to him "as if our experience had been identical as our clothes," he decides to hide his double in...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2010 9:23 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

Conrad's masterful descriptions of the sea and the situations it creates achieve an unusual intensity and tension. With the stowaway Leggatt an essential theme of Conrad's is intensely examined:...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2010 12:06 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

As the young captain watches his ship pull away from shore, he remarks that he and the ship seem to be measuring our fitness for a long and arduous enterprise, the appointed task of both of our...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2012 4:54 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

In accordance with eNotes policy, each post can contain only one question. This answer responds to the first of three in the post. In The Secret Sharer, the characters of Leggatt and the captain...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019 5:10 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

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...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2007 9:45 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

These lines from Part I of Joseph Conrad's "The Secret Sharer" express the young captain's insecurities regarding his first command of a ship which has a crew that has been sailing together for...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 1:52 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

A very good question! The story is based on a historical incident, but because of the first-person point of view, we know only what the captain tells us. Most critics agree that Leggatt is real....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2008 2:00 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

The Captain is the narrator, and we can see by his actions, and what he says, that he is unsure of himself. At only 27 he is in charge of a group of men older and more experienced than he is....

Latest answer posted June 4, 2007 12:59 am UTC

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The themes of confidence and self-doubt within a larger question of identity are central in Joseph Conrad's story. The young captain lacks self-confidence in his leadership abilities and even in...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 8:25 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

There was a film adaptation made in 1967 starring David soul (“Hutch” in the old tv show “Starsky and Jutch”), but that’s not available to buy. What is available is a movie made in 1952 called...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 12:16 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

As the darker side of the captain, Leggatt is the alter-ego of the narrator. With Leggatt the captain finds that "meaning depends upon sharing"; he and Leggatt stand against the bed talking in low...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2010 6:46 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

There is currently no feature-length movie of “The Secret Sharer” commercially available, but you can watch a television length one on-line. There are some productions of “The Secret Sharer”...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2013 3:31 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

There are several texts which one could use to compare Joseph Conrad's story "The Secret Sharer" to. 1. Under the Trees: Written by Ashley Maker. Prince Thoredmund harbors runaway Arawy (she is...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2011 9:26 am UTC

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The Secret Sharer

This may seem a slightly odd choice, but hear me out. When I first read this excellent short story by Joseph Conrad, the text that I related it to was actually "The Most Dangerous Game." Why I...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2011 7:37 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

One topic that can be developed well is that which deals with the strongest element of Joseph Conrad's story. About his major theme, Conrad himself stated, ...the solidarity in mysterious origin,...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2013 9:20 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

It is really hard to suggest the title to an essay without knowing what the focus of the essay is. This said, an essay on Joseph Conrad's The Secret Sharer could be assumed to focus upon many...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 5:47 pm UTC

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The Secret Sharer

It is certainly difficult to suggest a title that is appropriate to another person's essay without knowing anything about it; however, since Joseph Conrad's story is strongly directed toward his...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 4:08 am UTC

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