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There is no worse enemy and no better friend than a brother In The Lagoon Joseph Conrad uses a literary device called a story within a story Conrad executes this device through the main character Arsat Arsats narration gives us his own view of the events that lead to his isolated life Throughout the story Arsat feels guiltshame anger and acceptance By means of psychological analysis an in-depth look at the emotions fluctuating in Arsats head will be looked at One who betrays a loved one especially a loved one who helps his siblings out must feel ashamed of his or her actions The gravity of Arsats guilt greatens because the reason for his betrayal Diamelen ends up dying He realizes that his brother has died in vain for he could not enjoy the company of the fruit of their labor for very long The remorseful brother recalls his life-changing event to Tuan He says I pushed out the canoe I pushed it into the deep water p 835 in such a way as to convey to Tuan that he did not realize the abandonment of his brother until too late The most agonizing moment for Arsat occurs when his brother calls three times and he hears a great shriek as when life is going out together with the voice p 835 emanating from his brother Arsat feels so contrite that he wants to find a country where death is forgotten where death is unknown p 835 However Arsat mentions Diamelens presence in the canoe with him was she n ot there in that canoe p 835 Perhaps by saying this he tries to justify his betrayal by saying how he was in love at the time Furthermore he says Three times he calledbut I was not afraid of life p 835 which shows his fear of death He goes on to say I had her there I had her To get her I would
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