Topics for Further Study
- Research Conrad's concept of the dark side of man and how he uses this theme in various works. How is the concept of a dark side of human nature treated in other disciplines, for example, in psychology or philosophy?
- Discuss how Leggatt and the captain are related. Is Leggatt a double for the captain? What does the captain learn from Leggatt? Does Leggatt learn anything from the captain?
- Compare the relationship between Leggatt and the captain in "The Secret Sharer" to the relationship between Kurtz and Marlow in Conrad's novella, Heart of Darkness.