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It is obvious that Conrad a writer that seems more preoccupied with his narrative than anything else Conrad describes his narrative as essential in uncovering the underlying themes ironies characters and mysteriousness of the novel Like in most of his other works Conrad has decided to use the omniscient narrator The narrator is an extension of Conrad but the distinction between the two should be made The omniscient although an extension of the author is purely a creation designed to fulfill themes and help with regards to the structure The omniscient switches umpteen times from character to character throughout the novel This is done to give the reader a certain divinity a Godly like state making one able to see all Once the reader is given insight into the novel heshe is more capable in exposing truths The omniscient is required to reveal the burning core of the narrative whilst retaining the ironic detachment Conrad wanted The truly amazing thing about the gift of divinity is that it allows one to distinctly notice contrast The contrasts lie in the ironic differences between realities The narrator has allowed the reader knowledge that allows himher to see Conrads reality contrary to the reality created by the characters It is in fact this divinity that allows the reader to mock many of the characters as they are blinded from parallel situations An example of this is the episode in which the assistant commissioner is assuring the safety of Verloc whilst he is being stabbed by Winnie Ironic in substance this further flatters the intelligence of the reader This is also used in revealing the the positions of the officials in that they are unaware of the situations they must protect this is obviously a jab at the real enforcers of his time The role of the omniscient is to reveal certain things about the novel that we would normally find unobtainable However equally important is the role of
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