Lord jim as a psychological novel
Lord Jim by Joseph ConradJim, a young British seaman, becomes first mate on the Patna, a ship full of pilgrims travelling to Mecca for the hajj. When the ship starts rapidly taking on water and disaster seems imminent, Jim joins his captain and other crew members in abandoning the ship and its passengers. A few days later, they are picked up by a British ship. However, the Patna and its passengers are later also saved, and the reprehensible actions of the crew are exposed. The other participants evade the judicial court of inquiry, leaving Jim to the court alone. He is publicly censured for this action and the novel follows his later attempts at coming to terms with his past. The novel is counted as one of 100 best books of the 20th century.
Joseph Conrad (1857-1924), was a Polish author who wrote in English after settling in England. Conrad is regarded as one of the greatest novelists in English, though he did not speak the language fluently until he was in his twenties. He wrote stories and novels, often with a nautical setting, that depict trials of the human spirit in the midst of an indifferent world. He was a master prose stylist who brought a distinctly non-English tragic sensibility into English literature.
Memoirs & Letters:
A Personal Record; or Some Reminiscences
The Mirror of the Sea
Notes on Life & Letters
Biography & Critical Essays:
Joseph Conrad (A Biography) by Hugh Walpole
Joseph Conrad by John Albert Macy
A Conrad Miscellany by John Albert Macy
Joseph Conrad by Virginia Woolf
Lord Jim Audiobook by Joseph Conrad
Conrad's Lord Jim
Lord Jim is both a psychological novel and a story of imperial adventure. It is the story of a young Englishman known only by his first name--'Jim'--who disgraces himself as a sailor in the merchant navy but later compensates for his disgrace by becoming the effective benevolent ruler of a Malay community. Jim is an officer on a British merchant ship, is injured and hospitalized in an unnamed eastern port--Singapore--and on his recovery becomes first officer of a native-owned ship, the Patna , under a detestable 'New South Wales German' skipper. The Patna , carrying Muslim pilgrims from Singapore to Jeddah, strikes something--probably a partially submerged floating wreck, the 'wandering corpse' of a ship--is badly holed, leaks and lists dangerously. Jim and the four other white men of the crew--the German skipper and three engineers--are convinced that the ship is about to sink and that there is no hope of saving the lives of the sleeping Muslim passengers.
Bachelor thesis, Petra Christian University. Lord Jim is basically a novel in which the central character has some psychological problems. Joseph Conrad? Jim is trying hard to realize his dream; however, he meets his failures which are caused by his psychological problems in reaching the dream. This thesis examines what Jim? In order to examine Jim? Besides, his guilty feeling haunts Jim.
Psychology of the Self
The intentional ambiguity which Conrad weaves into Lord Jim attests to his interest in changeable perspective, in subjective bias, and in the gray moral area he so often points to in his texts. The Patusan section of the novel, if read as full of mirrored archetypes, suggests that it is more accurate to read Jim as a stunted narcissist who cannot grow up and [End Page 43] cannot release himself from the fantasy life which gripped him at the start of the novel., An early and primary event in the story is the abandonment of a passenger ship in distress by its crew, including a young British seaman named Jim.