Bloom's How to Write About Joseph Conrad (Bloom's How to by Robert P McParland

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Often Conrad’s setting is on a ship or in a place that a ship has sailed to. If you read closely and ask questions about what you have read, you will find symbols throughout Conrad’s writing. Symbols may represent large issues that are present in the story. In several stories, the ship is both a setting and a symbol. For example, ask yourself, how is the world represented on this ship, among this assemblage of people in a crew? In “The Secret Sharer,” The Nigger of the “Narcissus,” “The End of the Tether,” and The Shadow Line, the action takes place on board ships.

In the case of Kurtz in Heart of Darkness this is disastrous. One must, rather, make personal and social commitments. There is “solidarity” with humanity, a faithfulness to others that must be fulfilled. Conrad seeks honor and to uphold duty. Without this, the individual is adrift. Conrad is skeptical about the human mind. The intellect alone cannot give meaning to reality. Fidelity is central and is humanity’s moral core. Conrad makes use of autobiographical elements in his stories. Yet, he transforms these, as one would take raw material and turn it into something.

Note that when two or more works by the same author are listed, you should use three hyphens followed by a period in the subsequent entries. You can find a complete list of sample entries in the MLA Handbook or from a reputable online summary of MLA style. How to Write a Good Essay 35 Works Cited Berthoud, Jacques. Joseph Conrad: The Major Phase. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1978. Fleishman, Avrom. Conrad’s Politics: Community and Anarchy in the Fiction of Joseph Conrad. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1967.

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