Lord Jim Questions and Answers
by Joseph Conrad

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Where does the story Lord Jim take place?  

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The majority of the novel Lord Jim takes place on the Patna as it is traveling to a port in the Red Sea, at Stein’s house, and in the country of Patusan during the 1800s. The author, Joseph Conrad, focuses more on the characters than the place, often leaving the setting rather vague. Although the novel is based on the true events of British sailors who abandoned their damaged ship and its passengers in the South Pacific, Lord Jim takes place in a fictional place. Throughout the novel, Jim has to deal with his decision to abandon the Patna and its passengers after the ship has suffered damage. Although he is formally punished for his actions, he must still deal with his own emotions and the realization that he is a coward.

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The novel takes place in the fictional South Seas country of Patusan during the 1800’s.

Setting is an important element to a novel.  The country of Patusan is inhabited by natives called Malays.

Patusan is described as having a “straight and somber” coast facing the ocean.  There is a river than connects it inland.

 Red trails are seen like cataracts of rust streaming under the dark-green foliage of bushes and creepers clothing the low cliffs. Swampy plains open out at the mouth of rivers, with a view of jagged blue peaks beyond the vast forests.  (Ch 24)

The “Malays of the jungle village” call Jim Taun Jim, which means Lord Jim.  Jim ends up there after losing his job as an officer who deserted his ship when he thought it would sink, leaving the passengers to die.  As a result, Marlow gets him a job but he is unable to keep it or any since due to his history.  That is when Marlow convinces him to go to Patusan.

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