The captain and the secret sharer

When they move from the deck to the cabin, it seems at first only to get Leggatt dry and to hear his story more fully, but the situation somehow drifts into one of concealment. Yet there is no clear point at which the decision is made. Although the Captain thinks that a ship should be run in an orderly and straightforward fashion, Leggatt struck the insolent seaman because he would not assist him in repairing a sail.

He compares himself to Leggatt in terms of appearance and personality, and even calls the guy his "other self" at several points in the story: The story features a captain, his crew, a mysterious event, a murder, a near-disaster, and the saving of a ship. An incoming ship is anchored similarly a couple of miles away, awaiting a tug to go upriver.

I gazed upon my other self for a while before drawing across carefully the two green serge curtains which ran on a brass rod. The captain and Leggatt evolve a plan: All the while, the captain is tormented by any small sign that any of his crew suspect or even might have discovered the secret.

Like the skipper of the Sephora the ship from which Leggatt escapedthe Captain worries over his reputation and the means by which he can preserve it during his first command. While the reader is likely to believe that Leggatt does not deserve to be convicted of murder, there is no doubt that the captain, as the representative of the law on his ship, is breaking all the rules in concealing Leggatt.

He is unfamiliar with both his ship and his crew, having joined the ship only a fortnight earlier, and unsure of his ability to exert his authority over the officers and crew who have been together for some time.

Neither did I know much of the hands forward. As he persisted in his mumbling and I wanted my double to hear every word, I hit upon the notion of informing him that I regretted to say I was hard of hearing.

The decision by the captain to conceal Leggatt is the hinge point of this story. During a storm which nearly sank their ship on their voyage here, Leggatt was physically wrestling with the man to make him to pull a rope when a freak wave threw them both against a bulwark and the man was killed.

Leggatt comes close to discovery several times, almost like a stage farce. Examining the story in light of these deeper levels of meaning transforms the work from a typical adventure story to an allegorical work, rich in symbolism. Our captain, not a natural liar, manages to bluff through, but is left terrified as to what his own officers make of his strained behaviour.

Leggatt escapes unnoticed and the captain leads the ship away.

The story contains elements of real events. But what I felt most was my being a stranger to the ship; and if all truth must be told, I was somewhat of a stranger to myself. Inthe chief mate of the British clipper ship Cutty Sark killed another crew member for insolence during a storm and was later arrested in London for his murder.

Thus, Leggatt a renegade from the law represents the more brutal, irrational side of man, while the Captain represents the more civilized and refined one.

Conrad uses the story of a sailor to explore themes of great scope. In the s, a mate aboard the Cutty Sark killed an insubordinate sailor during an altercation in which the insubordinate sailor eventually died. This section does not cite any sources.Secret Sharer study guide contains a biography of Joseph Conrad, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

"The Secret Sharer" is Conrad at his best. It tells the story of a young man on his maiden voyage as captain in the British Merchant Service, isolated and endangered by his loyalty to a stowaway. Conrad had a special gift for writing about young men — especially young seamen — facing a 4/5(51).

The Secret Sharer

The captain's hat doesn't become a symbol until the final paragraphs of the book. At first, it's a token of concern and respect for Leggatt, since the captain gives the thing to. Upon an initial reading, "The Secret Sharer" seems to be an old-fashioned tale of adventure on the sea. The story features a captain, his crew, a mysterious event, a.

Leggatt The "secret sharer" of the Captain's cabin, Leggatt was the chief mate of the Sephora until he accidentally killed an insolent crewman during a particularly tense emergency during a storm. Get an answer for 'What was the captains solution to the problem in The Secret Sharer and what impact did it have?

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