Joseph Conrad: An Innovator in British Literature Joseph Conrad's innovative literature is influenced by his experiences in traveling to foreign countries around the world. Conrad's literature consists of the various styles of techniques he uses to display his well-recognized work as British literature. "His prose style, varying from eloquently sensuous to bare and astringent, keeps the reader in constant touch with a mature, truth-seeking, creative mind" (Hutchinson 1). Conrad's novels are basically based on having both a psychological and sociological plot within them. This is why Conrad's work carries its own uniqueness from other novels when being compared to his. Examples of Conrad's literature include novels such as Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, and The Secret Agent. Heart of Darkness is basically based on his own experiences, but Conrad also adds fiction into this particular novel (Dintenfass 1). It has been said that Conrad's style of writing is described as "...life as we actually live it...[is] to be blurred and messy and confusing-- and the abstract ideas...[of] actual experiences can sometimes produce in us, or in that part of us, anyway, which tries to understand the world in some rational way." Acquiring this from the novel gives the reader a psychological perspective in that they are receiving feedback in a conscious way such as a hallucination or a phantasm (Dintenfass 2). Readers have curiously questioned the purpose of his novels such as Heart of Darkness, but the answer is quite simple. "[The] purpose is to get the reader to re-live [any] experience in some [significant] and concrete way, with all its complexity and messiness, all its darkness and ambiguity, intact" (Dintenfass 3). An additional novel with similar characteristics of the novel Heart of Darkness is Lord Jim. Not much is said about Lord Jim, but it has been known that Conrad most likely will place metaphors in his novel when describing a location extrinsic from any common place. The reason for adding metaphors is because Conrad attempts to locate the contrasted parts of human nature by lavishing it with an intensely fierce characteristic. Successfully, Conrad accomplishes this attempt, but the primary similarity between the Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim is that both novels "place men in extreme situations far from their European homes" (Hutchinson 1), which will give this type of literature a nostalgic atmosphere as the reader may realize. As stated before, not much information is taken upon the novel Lord Jim, but this novel is mainly used to compare similarities with the novel Heart of Darkness, since they are much alike in a number of ways. As for the novel The Secret Agent, it is basically based on an actual event in a bombing attempt against the Greenwich Observatory located at Greenwich, London. The novel seems to be a satire for a good portion, but the plot of the story turns dark when it involves the conspiracy against the anarchists (Hamblin 3). In short, we realize that Conrad's ideas and concepts are derived from intending to renew the readers with a figure reflection of the unorganized world that is viewed by Conrad himself (Dintenfass 5). Conrad's concept is taken up with some religion in all his novels, since it is a way of observing the way Conrad revives the dark sides of his characters (Dintenfass 7). Overall, we realize that all three novels have a primary similarity; we find that they all include a portion of both fiction and reality. Conrad's style of techniques includes his organization of his thoughts, his use of literary forms, and significant themes. His organization of thoughts illustrate that you can discover an opinionated interest in the world others have not found to say without ever capturing or understanding it (Dintenfass 7). Most of Conrad's opinionated interest towards the world came through his mind politically and viewed on the issue of revolution (MBL 95). Conrad's...
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