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I hereby hand over all copyrights I might have for this paper You are free to use it for what everpurpose you see fit Jonathan Welden Joseph Conrads books The Secret Sharer and Heart of Darkness both deal witheach of our dark selves These books also have similarities which are overwhelming In describing the true inner self of humans Conrad used many symbols which havebecome apparent in many of his novels Conrad uses the same or very similar objects inmany of his worksJoseph Conrad wrote Heart of Darkness in 1899 to recount his voyages in theCongo Conrad hid most of his meaning in his words using a form of writing known asstream of consciousness This made it difficult for people to find the true meaning ofhis work After about ten years Conrad realized that he would have to get his pointacross in an easier to understand book This book was The Secret Sharer Both of these books include the hero wanting to meet or developing a fascinationfor a truly evil character In Heart of Darkness Marlow is very eager to meet Kurtz Marlow is so eager in fact that he eventually starts to panic when he thinks he will nevermeet him Marlow realizes that Kurtz is a very evil person but this does not stop himfrom wanting to meet this incredibly remarkable person In The Secret Sharer theCaptain saves a murderer from almost certain death without knowing what the man hasdone Later The Captain has a discussion with the man and finds out his name isLeggatt Leggatt tells his story and the Captain becomes more enthralled with Leggattever so more When Leggatt tells the Captain he has committed a murder the Captaindoes not throw him overboard Instead the Captain harbors this criminal because hefeels a connection with Leggatt that he has never felt before In both stories the heroidentifies with his evil counterpart to the point that they actually become one in their
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