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Is The Secret Shareran appropriate title for this short story? Support your ideas with detail from the text.

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1. -Is The Secret Sharer an appropriate title for this short story? Support your ideas with detail from the text.- In The Secret Sharer, a captain escapes his ship where he was held captive after murdering a member of the crew. He swims to another ship and admits the whole truth to the captain. Both captains have bad relationships with their crew and they empathise with each other. Legatt, who came from the other ship, is to be kept secret from the crew as his life depends on it. They have to keep quiet and whisper. An intense relationship is built up between the two of them. The captain always refers to Legatt as my "other self", "my double" or "my second self". This indicates that they belong together such as lovers. It implies that they are one person and are bound together. Legatt tells the captain immediately that he just killed a man and the captain just accepts it without question. He understands why he did it. They trust each other totally. Between them they know everything about each other, they knew each other before their eyes met. For Legatt to expose himself to a complete stranger there would have to be a bond. It is a twisted love at first sight. Another aspect of the title's secretively is brotherhood. The two captains conspire together like brothers. "Whispering side by side, with our dark heads together and our backs to the door, anybody bold enough to open it stealthily would have been treated to the uncanny sight of a double captain busy talking in whispers with his other self." ...read more.

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Through his relationship with the Secret Sharer, Leggatt, the Captain finds identity and becomes a confident person who is able to . 2Rp from 2Rp coursewrok 2Rp work 2Rp info 2Rp In the beginning of the story, the captain is very uneasy when he is thrown into the position of captain of a ship traveling on a long and arduous journey. The captain begins to feel insecure about running his ship and questions his ability to lead his ship. During one of the first nights on board the ship, the captain demonstrates his thoughts of insecurity and self-consciousness when he does something that a captain would not normally do: he plans to take part in the night watch. "I felt painfully that I - a stranger - was doing something unusual when I directed him to let all hands turn in without setting an anchor watch" (Conrad, p. 20). The captain is so self-conscious and insecure about his actions that he reacts almost painfully to the crew's judgment of his orders. The Captain states that he perceives himself to be a stranger amongst the others. Among his insecurities, the captain also sees himself as a stranger to himself and not fit to run his ship. The captain thinks, "But what I felt most was my being a stranger to the ship; and if all the truth must be told, I was somewhat of a stranger to myself. The youngest man on board (barring the second mate), and untried as yet by a position of the fullest responsibility, I was willing to take the adequacy of the others for granted" (Conrad, p. ...read more.

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To help him reach land so that he can begin new life," (R.W. Stallman, p. 278) the Captain skillfully averts destruction and remarks on his newfound trust in his crew and his ability as the ship's commander, "Nothing! no one on the world should stand between us, throwing a shadow on the way of silent knowledge and mute affection, the perfect communion of a seaman with his first command" (Conrad, p. 61). The Captain realizes he is in complete control and is confident as leader of his vessel. His newly discovered trust in his abilities will help him in the rest of his journey and the rest of his life. As a direct result from his relationship with the secret sharer, the Captain transforms from an inexperienced and insecure individual to a self-assured and stable leader. In the beginning of the story, the captain does not know his place and has feelings of inadequacy. This changes when the captain meets the secret sharer and becomes secure and confident in his duty and his abilities. "By releasing the him into freedom, he is somehow achieving his own maturation, and for it he is willing to pay a heavy price" (Leo Gurko, p. 93) After this experience the Captain is ready to start a new confident life and guide the ship to its journey.cocc ccr seccccw orcc cck incc focc cc. "...an account of adventure in which the Captain is strangely and dramatically involved, during which he acquires self-confidence and the mastery of his ship. (Leo Gurko, p. 91 ...read more.

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