This story and two others make up the book Twixt Land and Sea which was first published in Conrad considered three other titles for his story about identity:
Character Analysis Only the Lonely The narrator of this story is a pretty open book when it comes to his anxieties and fears. Neither did I know much of the hands forward. They actually apply to him, too: But what I felt most was my being a stranger to the ship; and if all truth must be told, I was somewhat of a stranger to myself.
He compares himself to Leggatt in terms of appearance and personality, and even calls the guy his "other self" at several points in the story: I gazed upon my other self for a while before drawing across carefully the two green serge curtains which ran on a brass rod. Once the narrator has decided to hide and protect Leggatt, his feelings of paranoia around his crew only get worse and worse.
Listen to what he says he feels when he tries to whisper to Leggatt: The Sunday quietness of the ship was against us; the elements, the men were against us—everything was against us in our secret partnership. But Conrad never confirms one way or the other if Leggatt is an imaginary friend. As he persisted in his mumbling and I wanted my double to hear every word, I hit upon the notion of informing him that I regretted to say I was hard of hearing.
Toward the end of the story, the narrator also needs to make up a story about looking for wind when he orders his crew to sail as close as possible to some nearby Pacific islands."The Secret Sharer" is Conrad at his best.
It tells the story of a young man on his maiden voyage as captain in the British Merchant Service, isolated and endangered by his loyalty to a stowaway. Conrad had a special gift for writing about young men — especially young seamen — facing a 4/5(51).
In this train of thought, "The Secret Sharer" begins with a beautiful view of the sea and shore, and than progresses to other dualities, psychological and political, that .
"The Secret Sharer" concerns a young captain who assumes the command of his ship only a fortnight before the action of the story begins. Because of this, he is doubtful, untried, and feels himself at the mercy of a crew that while not mutinous or even hostile, slightly undermines the authority that a captain should possess if he is to truly.
"The Secret Sharer" begins with the anonymous narrator — the recently appointed captain of an unnamed ship — anchored in the Gulf of Siam (what is now called the Gulf of Thailand). As the Captain stands on the deck, alone, he soaks in the sunset and silence of the sea.
He feels like a stranger to his new command, the ship, and his crew. In "The Secret Sharer," he almost gets totally autobiographical on us.
Like the nameless captain in this story, Conrad was a captain of a ship. And like the captain in the story, Conrad often complained about how his crew (and his first mate in particular) was always hating, questioning his judgment and making him unsure of himself.
The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad is a short story / novella of less than pages, yet in it Conrad demonstrates as many great writers do, the simple, elegant power of the short work. Here the writer can succinctly deliver a forceful message in economic fashion.
The Secret Sharer is like many of /5.