The Secret Sharer Topics for Further Study
by Joseph Conrad

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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

  • 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.