With an Introduction by Joyce Carol Oates and an Afterword by Vince Passaro About Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century.
The victim was a disobedient bully. That night, the captain, being restless, unusually takes the watch. Still on deck, Leggatt explains that he was the First Mate of the other ship, but was placed under arrest after being accused of murdering a crew member.
Leggatt comes close to discovery several times, almost like a stage farce. Inthe chief mate of the British clipper ship Cutty Sark killed another crew member for insolence during a storm and was later arrested in London for his murder.
Our captain, not a natural liar, manages to bluff through, but is left terrified as to what his own officers make of his strained behaviour. He wrote the short story as a break from the much larger novel, which was emotionally difficult for him. While the reader is likely to believe that Leggatt does not deserve to be convicted of murder, there is no doubt that the captain, as the representative of the law on his ship, is breaking all the rules in concealing Leggatt.
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The naked swimmer is hesitant to talk or come on board, but seems pleased to discover he is speaking to the captain. Leggatt, a "stranger" on the other ship just as the captain is on his, would certainly face the gallows on landing.
The captain and Leggatt evolve a plan: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. An incoming ship is anchored similarly a couple of miles away, awaiting a tug to go upriver. Although our narrator is speaking his thoughts, fears and doubts, he never says "I decided to conceal Leggatt".
The story contains elements of real events. Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer encapsulate his literary achievements—and his haunting portrayal of the dark side of man. All the while, the captain is tormented by any small sign that any of his crew suspect or even might have discovered the secret.
Leggatt escapes unnoticed and the captain leads the ship away. It is a journey into darkness and horror—both literally, as the narrator descends into a sinister jungle landscape, and metaphorically, as he encounters the morally depraved Mr. On second look, however, the body is full and the face speaks.
Plot summary[ edit ] "The Secret Sharer" takes place on a sailing ship in the Gulf of Siam now the Gulf of Thailandat the start of a voyage with cargo for Britain. Conrad also drew on his own time as captain of the Otago, when his first mate did not trust him and got a particular scare when Conrad maneuvered the ship dangerously close to rocks in the Gulf of Siam.
Yet there is no clear point at which the decision is made. Joseph Conrad boldly experimented with the novella and novel forms, filled his writing with the exotic places he himself had traveled, and concerned himself with honor, guilt, moral alienation, and sin.
Add to Cart About Heart of Darkness and the Secret Sharer In this pair of literary voyages into the inner self, Joseph Conrad has written two of the most chilling, disturbing, and noteworthy pieces of fiction of the twentieth century. This happens when they instinctively lower their voices on hearing the footsteps of the second mate who has now taken over the watch on the deck overhead.
An episode from the sea". He is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having joined the ship only a fortnight earlier, and unsure of his ability to exert his authority over the officers and crew who have been together for some time.
Heart of Darkness is a devastating commentary on the corruptibility of humanity. There are similarities between the two stories, with the Captain and Leggatt becoming Razumov and Haldin, respectively. June Learn how and when to remove this template message The story has a theme seen in some other Conrad stories Lord JimNostromo of the hero facing a decision and drifting into the one which is "wrong" by normal social standards, a lapse from the rules he is expected to follow.
Though the captain could, and by all the rules should, arrest Leggatt, he instead leads him to concealment in his cabin. At the end of the story, when Leggatt drops into the sea from a stern porthole, we do not even know if he survives the long swim to the Indo-China shore, to start a new life.
Conrad revised the title to make it more ambiguous, making Leggatt secretly share with the captain, rather than merely sharing a secret. After being towed downriver presumably from Bangkok by a steam tug, the ship is left at anchor near a group of small barren islands a few miles off shore, waiting for wind to begin its voyage.
Leggatt, being a good swimmer, will drop into the sea and swim ashore further down the Gulf of Siam while the ship is sailed as close in to land as possible.
Curiously, the captain initially sees the body as a headless corpse, which seems to hint at something much more foreboding. During a storm which nearly sank their ship on their voyage here, Leggatt was physically wrestling with the man to make him to pull a rope when a freak wave threw them both against a bulwark and the man was killed.
He makes the point several times that he is the "stranger" on board. When they move from the deck to the cabin, it seems at first only to get Leggatt dry and to hear his story more fully, but the situation somehow drifts into one of concealment.
The decision by the captain to conceal Leggatt is the hinge point of this story.The Secret Sharer. The saga of a young, inexperienced skipper forced to decide the fate of a fugitive sailor who killed a man in self-defense.
As he faces his first moral test the skipper discovers a terrifying truth -- and comes face to face with the secret itself.5/5(1).
If the brilliance of Heart of Darkness lies in Conrad's ability to express the unspoken truths of imperialism in Africa, The Secret Sharer captures the spirit of the times a little closer to Conrad's own home.
"The Secret Sharer" is a short story by Polish-British author Joseph Conrad, originally written in and first published in two parts in Harper's Magazine in It was later included in the short story collection Twixt Land and Sea ().
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Heart of Darkness and The Secret Sharer Paperback – November 14, by Joseph Conrad (Author)/5(K). In this book, it was explained how Joseph Conrad witnessed and corroborated the widespread atrocities the Belgian (and other European and American commissioners) committed on a routine basis.
For me, that gave this book added impact - but it's also interesting to note that this story was used as the basic storyline for the film Apocalypse Now/5(K).Download