Lord Jim By Joseph Conrad Essay

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One should always remember that a coin has two sides. This saying reminds us about the fact that most things in life have a flipside to them; be it a person, object or even a story for that matter. It has been seen that every story, be it a part of history or modern age society, has had at least two sides to it. Observing one side as being the perspective of the narrator and the other being the reality or the truth. The hero of the novel Lord Jim, written by Joseph Conrad, is undoubtedly Jim himself. Marlow, the narrator of the story, was a seafarer and it was his soft spot for Jim that was the force behind Marlow helping Jim to start afresh and to look out for him.
Jim believed that reality was all about a mentally constructed world. He had this mindset because of the fact that he was a dreamer who believed that the world of reality was more about leading a dictated life where he had to live in accordance to various rules and limitations with an understanding that there was no scope of following his dreams or for creativity of any sort. And on the other hand there was Marlow, a sailor, who was a man of discipline, morals and ethics. Marlow shared something with Jim that took their relationship to a whole new level that is their love for the sea and the glory, honor and adventure that comes with it.
The central character of the story, Jim, started off with sailing the seas, but, his incident with Patna was the biggest interruption in his life. Abandoning the ship meant that Jim was the stripped off his position as Chief mate and he also claimed that there was no other option but to desert the ship. Although, he did spend the rest of life in regret, wishing that he could go back in time and change his decision. On hearing of this incident, Marlow was deeply disheartened because he was a seafarer himself, therefore, he could understand that it had reflected negatively amongst other seafarers. As an individual, Marlow felt insulted by the behavior of Jim. “His uneasy eyes fastened upon mine, questioned, begged, challenged, entreated. For the life of me, I couldn’t help murmuring, ‘You’ve been tried’”(Conrad). This was a part of the first encounter between Jim and Marlow where Jim was waiting for Marlow’s verdict, hoping for it to be on the better side. Jim was hoping for at least an understanding, if not forgiveness from his to-be mentor. Marlow remained to be unsure which is why he remained silent. But, after this one on one encounter of Jim and Marlow, Marlow had developed a soft spot for Jim as if he felt sorry for him. By taking responsibility for is actions, Jim took the entire blame on himself. This step required a lot of courage on the part of Jim. Marlow saw Jim as a protégé, which aroused somewhat of a sentimental fatherly sort of feeling in Marlow towards Jim.
After the going through the hassle of the Patna case, Jim wanted to reclaim his life. That is when Marlow came forward to help out Jim. Marlow went around talking to people,...

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