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What purpose does the story of the suicidal Swede serve in "Heart of Darkness"?

Reading through Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, I came across this paragraph, containing an anecdote about a passenger who went on to hang himself: “I had my passage on a little sea-going steamer. ...
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What does "as it will sometimes when you have not a moment to spare for yourself" mean in this passage of Heart of darkness?

In this excerpt from Heart of darkness, by Joseph Conrad, that you can download from Project Gutenberg website, Marlow, the sailor protagonist of the story, is describing his feelings as going up the ...
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From a Lacanian perspective, why did Kurtz go mad in Heart of Darkness?

From a Lacanian perspective, what would be the cause of Kurtz's madness? Would it be reasonable to argue that when he was confronted with the "horror" of the colonial project and the way ...
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Is there a name for the narrative technique of starting at the end and then going back to the beginning? (As in Lord Jim)

I've been reading Lord Jim, by Joseph Conrad, which is rife with what I would call non-standard narrative structures. There are obvious narrative peculiarities in the book that have been discussed at ...
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What does "I were about to set off for the centre of the earth" mean here

This excerpt is from Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. After this I got embraced, told to wear flannel, be sure to write often, and so on—and I left. In the street—I don’t know why—a queer feeling ...
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In what way was Joseph Conrad influenced by Antoni Malczewski?

Antoni Malczewski was a Polish romantic poet, known for his only work, “a narrative poem of dire pessimism, Maria (1825). Wikipedia writes Maria was also influential on later Polish poets, especially ...
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Where did Joseph Conrad praise Anatole France as an analyst of illusions?

The French Wikipedia article about Les dieux ont soif (The Gods Are Athirst), a novel by Anatole France, contains the following quote attributed to Joseph Conrad: « C’est un grand analyste d’...
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How powerful is Willems in the beginning of An Outcast of the Islands?

I'm first time reading a novel by Joseph Conrad; I was inspired and revered him since I saw Apocalypse Now. But as Mr.Joseph is regarded as a very skillful, detailful and prolific writer so I must ...
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Why would Marlow have "abused the old church at home for not being a cathedral"?

In Youth: A Narrative, Joseph Conrad writes: “We had fair breezes, smooth water right into the tropics, and the old Judea lumbered along in the sunshine. When she went eight knots everything cracked ...
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What is "a conical flame with a twisted top" in Youth: A Narrative

In the below passage sourced from Joseph Conrad's Youth: A Narrative, Conrad describes a "conical flame with a twisted top". What exactly is it? Of course they very soon found out in the ...
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What is the "hidden something" in Joseph Conrad's: Youth

In Joseph Conrad's short story Youth: A Narrative, Conrad writes What made them do it—what made them obey me when I, thinking consciously how fine it was, made them drop the bunt of the foresail ...
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Has "The Duel" by Joseph Conrad been published in any recent story collections?

I'm a fan of the Ridley Scott film The Duellists (1977) which is based on the story "The Duel" by Joseph Conrad. I would like to read the original story, but whenever I search for paperback ...
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In Heart of Darkness, why did native Africans love Kurtz?

In Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, why did native Africans love Kurtz despite his violent nature?
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Who's this African soldier? What does Conrad mean?

Joseph Conrad's short story "The Idiots": Millot was stumbling, laughing, swearing meaninglessly out of pure satisfaction, pleased with himself for having run down that fly-by-night. “As if there ...
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Why did Conrad not add commas to lengthy sentences to make them more readable?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). p. 124.     Listen to the striking ...
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What did Conrad mean by teaching to see is everything?

Prof. Brooks Landon, U. Iowa, Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin. Building Great Sentences: How to Write the Kinds of Sentences You Love to Read (Great Courses) (2013). pp 16-17.     When I say that ...
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Does D'Hubert rape the maid at the beginning of Joseph Conrad's 'The Duel'?

Towards the beginning of Joseph Conrad's novella The Duel, the character D'Hubert visits the house of the hussar Feraud, where he tries to obtain information about Feraud's whereabouts from his maid. ...
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What does "between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea" mean in Heart of Darkness?

On the book of Joseph Conrad called Heart of Darkness, page 1, it says "between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea" The problem is that, as far as I understand, he ...
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What is the relationship between Heart of Darkness and The Hollow Men?

T.S. Eliot's poem The Hollow Men, unusually, opens with a quote from a Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Mistah Kurtz— he dead. In most printings of the poem that I've seen, this single quote is ...
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What in the Congo causes Marlow's need to lie to the Intended and others back at home?

In Heart of Darkness, Marlow comes back after Kurtz's death feeling unsure about the people around him after witnessing the atrocities of the Congo which are not known to the people back at home. ...
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Are the comic elements of Conrad's The Secret Agent intentional?

Conrad's novel The Secret Agent is a critique of the way authoritarian tendencies react to the perceived threat of terrorism. The story it tells is, in most respects, extremely bleak. There are, ...
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