Joseph Conrad Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Joseph Conrad Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Three themes are dominant among Joseph Conrad’s sea tales, considered by most critics as his best work. The first of these themes is an unremitting sense of loyalty and duty to the ship; this quality is exemplified by Conrad’s seamen who are successful in practicing their craft. In The Mirror of the Sea, Conrad summarizes this necessity for keeping faith, as he also does through Singleton, the exemplar of the faithful seaman in The Nigger of the Narcissus, in observing, “Ships are all right. It’s the men in them.” The note of fidelity is struck again in A Personal Record, when Conrad says of his years at sea, “I do not know whether I have been a good seaman, but I know I have been a very...

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