Lord Jim

Lord Jim: Essay Q&A

1. Describe the events on the Patna, including the decision to leave it, and explain the effects these have had on Jim. On the night he and the other white crewmen jumped into a lifeboat believing the ship was about to sink, they believed they had collided with an unknown object. They thought this collision …

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Lord Jim: Theme Analysis

Heroism As a child, Jim is described as being influenced by ‘light literature’ and whilst training to be a seaman he used to imagine the heroic deeds he could perform. This romanticized view of himself, which is shaped by his reading, continues to be an influence on him as an adult. It is this imaginative …

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Lord Jim: Top Ten Quotes

“He had no leisure to regret what he had lost, he was so wholly and naturally concerned for what he had failed to obtain.” p. 70 Marlow observes Jim’s despair at failing to be the hero of his childhood dreams.“With every instant he was penetrating deeper into the impossible world of romantic achievements.” p. 70 …

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Lord Jim: Metaphor Analysis

Patusan As Jim’s place of exile, Patusan represents a retreat from white Western so-called civilization. Similar antagonisms exist here on a smaller scale, but it is with the arrival of Brown and his men that Jim’s idyll is shattered. Through the depiction of Patusan and the later downfall of Jim, one may see that this …

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Lord Jim: Character Profiles

Brown Brown is an opportunistic thief and murderer who comes to Patusan accidentally. His attack on Dain Waris and his men leads to Jim’s decision to sacrifice himself before Doramin. Cornelius This is the step-father of Jewel and is depicted as a selfish, morally-degenerate man. At the end of the novel he plots against Jim …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 44-45

  Summary – Chapters Forty-Four and Forty-Five Chapter Forty Four describes how, after passing Jim at the mouth of the creek, Brown, Cornelius and the rest of the party travel down a by-channel as directed by Cornelius. They are able to do this unnoticed as it is still misty. Brown orders his men to load …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 41-43

  Summary – Chapters Forty-One, Forty-Two and Forty-Three In Chapter Forty-One, Brown spots a man dressed all in white and Cornelius tells him excitedly that this is Jim. Jim and Brown meet, as Cornelius predicted, and Brown hates him at first sight as he is more youthful and assured than he expected him to be. …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 38-40

  Summary – Chapters Thirty Eight, Thirty Nine and Forty The story of Jim’s fate begins proper in Chapter Thirty Eight as the narrative returns to Brown, who is described as a ‘latter day buccaneer’, and to the time when he has stolen the Spanish schooner. He is described as tired of life and unafraid …

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Lord Jim: Chapters 36-37

  Summary – Chapters Thirty Six and Thirty Seven In Chapter Thirty Six, Marlow tells the readers that he has finished his main narrative with these words and his listeners drifted off and only one of them was to hear ‘the last word of the story’. This ‘last word’ comes to his home two years …

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