Sea, city and jungle in the works of Joseph Conrad : a study of the relationship between the images of sea city and jungle in the works of Joseph Conrad
The intention behind this thesis is to demonstrate that the major settings, sea, city and jungle, as they operate throughout Conrad's works, are always interrelated and to show that they acquire their full reality only when they are considered in relation to each other. An approach to these three images as separate and entirely distinct entities tends to limit not only their implications, but also the scope of the author's themes in general, and his vision of reality in particular. It is in this light that the main consideration of this thesis has been to show the intersections of the three locations as well as the demarcations between them. Four major aspects are examined to show the importance of the interaction of sea, city and jungle and to allow an increased awareness of their deeper implications. First,when the three settings are considered in their literal sense they are shown as distinct elements. Secondly, the area of their conjunction is the focal point of this study an d here the interest lies in the way the three settings function as metaphors, and thus exhibit significant common features. Thirdly, there is an examination of other subordinate images, symbols and themes which pertain to the interrelationship under scrutiny, in order to elucidate the implications of the three images. Fourthly, the technique adopted by the author - mainly his particular manipulation of the point of view, and irony - regulates the interrelationship between sea, city and jungle, and thus despite their close intimacy they remain distinct throughout the works. It will be seen that the interrelationship between these three images as they function in Conrad's writing allows new insights into his mind and art. The regulating technique which prevents the three locations from becoming interchangeable or confused, confirms a certain order at the heart of a universe inherently chaotic. Finally, the writer's manipulation of this interrelationship gives his works a unified structure and defines his moral vision.