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rd Jim has been called Conrads Hamlet for it is the complex tragedy of an indecisive man of great inherent nobility who nevertheless with the stamp of one defect manages to bring death and destruction upon those he loves In form this novel of Conrads greatest period is no less rich and complicated than Hamlet Using constant changes of point of view narrations within narrations kaleidoscopic time shifts and other highly sophisticated and masterly fictional techniques Conrad weaves around the anecdote of Jims desertion of the Patna a complex moral skein A basically simple adventure yarn thus becomes a great parable of mans fate Originally Conrad had intended to write a short story around the Patna incident When he decided to develop it into a novel he found great difficulty welding it together with the Patusan story into a single coherent narrative Real-izing this was the plague-spot of his novel Conrad once told a friend that the cleavage at the middle of the book made him feel as if he were left with a lump of clay into which he had failed to breathe the right sort of life He need have had no worry on that score however for Lord Jim ranks with his finest achievements A thoroughgoing romantic Jim can never come to grips with reality can never accept his limitations as a human being who is often indecisive sometimes even cowardly Only Stein and Marlow realize that in Jims single-minded quest for redemption he is heroic as well as absurd and wrong-headed his romanticism is his glory as well as his dilemma Jim is on the point of redeeming himself from the disgrace of the Patna affair by becoming a trusted and beloved native leader when the invasion of Brown and his crew of cutthroats leads him to make an unrealistic foolishly chivalric error of judgment which destroys his friends He would not have made this error had not
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