Romantic Idealism in Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim

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ROMANTIC IDEALISM IN JOSEPH CONRAD’S “LORD JIM”

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An Undergraduate Research Paper
In Partial Fulfillment For The Requirements Of
LIT TWO HUNDRED
(Literary Research 2)

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Presented To Dr. Robert M. Picart
Professor, Kalayaan College

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written and submitted by
ZACH HONTIVEROS PAGKALINAWAN
B.A. in Literature
October 2011 – October 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS2

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS5

CHAPTER ONE:
Introduction (short and simple sentences)7
A. Background And Foreground7
B. Statement Of The Problem7
C. Significance Of The Study8
D. Scope And Limitations8
E. Methods Of Research8
F. Definition Of Terms8

CHAPTER TWO:
Joseph Conrad And Romantic Idealism11
A. The Romantic Era11
B. Individualism12
C. Liberalism13
D. History Of Joseph Conrad 14
1. Life And Heritage14
2. Education And Training15
3. Career And Legacy16
4. Literary Influences16

CHAPTER THREE:
Elements Of Romantic Idealism17
A. Description Of Nature17
B. Imaginative Transcendence 17
C. Humanistic Fundamentalism18
D. Decisive Response19

CHAPTER FOUR:
Romantic Idealism In Joseph Conrad’s “Lord Jim”20
A. Romantic Idealism In The Narrative20
B. Romantic Idealism In The Titular Character23
C. Romantic Imagery In The Setting25
D. Tragic Heroism27

CHAPTER FIVE:
Conclusion30
A. Synthesis30
B. Commentary31
C. Insights32

ANNOTATED BIBILIOGRAPHY34
Primary Source (the novel itself)343334
Secondary Sources (pertaining or relating to the novel)334
Books35
Magazines And Newspapers36
Encyclopedias And Dictionaries37

APPENDICES38
List Of Characters38
General Summary42
Chapter Summaries43
Glossary50

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

First off to God, because that’s what every good Christian is supposed to do. Ha-ha-ha-ha.

Secondly, the Kalayaan College school library, especially it’s staff members that on numerous occasions have helped me find the books I use for the research used in this paper.

Third, to my beloved mother, Pia Hontiveros-Pagkalinawan or just Mama as I always call her, for actually making every effort to ensure I got everything done no matter how difficult it was. All that nagging actually does help get things done.

Fourth, my three adorable pet cats: Cholo, Noah and Snowball. I mention them because they are adorable. I do not care if you think this is irrelevant to mention them, it’s MY paper. In addition, the first cat mentioned passed away a few months ago, so it is to him that I partially credit for providing me with a better understanding of what it’s like to loose something precious. In a way, it is awfully similar to how the titular character of this book experiences a similar tragedy.

And of course, I would very much like to thank (not that I had a choice) Dr. Robert M. Picart *insert Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5*, the lovable guy, for his invaluable assistance in controlling-I mean supervising almost (or practically) every aspect of this thesis. True credit goes to him for beginning this wonderful literary fiasco of mine in the first place. Thank you very much for everything!

Bonus acknowledgements to some of my other BA Literature professors including Sister Virginia Calpotura and Dr. Aurora Roxas-Lim as well as several others to name.

On a side note, I found it near impossible to tackle such a complicated topic through a thesis. In spite of the fact that I have finally accomplished this long arduous task, I have no wish to repeat this massive undertaking. Never again will I make this mistake of not choosing a simpler topic for a paper of this magnitude, EVER.

CHAPTER ONE:
INTRODUCTION...
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