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The Darker Side People learn from experience This is a very common expression in society Different experiences in a persons life can be advantageous and make him a better person He can learn from other people or from what is going on in his life at the time With the new knowledge or outlook he has obtained he is now able to use it to his advantage and make his life better In the novel The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad the Captain becomes more confident and mature from his experience with his double Leggatt The Captain and Leggatt have an uncanny amount of similarities The first thing that is noticed is their looks The Captain constantly refers to Leggatt as my double my other self my second self my secret self and my secret sharer It is mentioned so many times that it cannot be ignored that Leggatt is analogous in many features to the Captain They are both dark haired and equal in size Moreover they are around the same age When the Captain and Leggatt first meet the Captain even states It was in the night as though I had been faced by my own reflection in the depths of a sombre and immense mirror Conrad 755 After Leggatt put on the Captains sleeping suit it was even more amazing how much they resembled each otherAnother similarity would be their experiences Both of the young men served on the Conway maritime training ship Additionally accounts of Leggatts experiences on the Sephora attest that he like the Captain was the only stranger on board Leggatt was secluded from the rest of the men on the ship because he killed a man although from that he saved the lives of everyone else The Captain felt secluded because he was a new captain and he was young He felt as if the others despised him for being younger and in charge To the Captain
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