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“The Secret Sharer” is indeed full of suspense and is rich in symbolism
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For practical reasons, and to get onwith the business of life, the captain had to resolve the situation. It was nearly impossible to continue hidingthe secret sharer. He became morefascinated, yet more maddened by this feeling of duality. He became distracted “almost to the point ofinsanity” (Conrad 36). The captainreports: “That mental feeling of being in two places at once affected mephysically as if the mood of secrecy had penetrated my very soul” (Conrad 46). Conrad is demonstrating that we cannotcontinually dwell on and brood about our darker side. Our psyche would be destroyed. We must grow and change, for sure, but wemust acknowledge and pity our darker side, and go about the business of life inthe process.

Amidst all the many themes that are presented there is one main theme that is thoroughly supported by Conrad in The Secret Sharer.
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In the beginning of the story, the captain is very uneasy when he is thrown into the position of captain of a ship travelling on a long and arduous journey. The captain begins to feel insecure about running his ship and questions his ability to lead his ship. During one of the first nights on board the ship, the captain demonstrates his thoughts of insecurity and self-consciousness when he does something that a captain would not normally do: he plans to take part in the night watch. “I felt painfully that I - a stranger - was doing something unusual when I directed him to let all hands turn in without setting an anchor watch” (941). The captain is so self-conscious and insecure about his actions that he reacts almost painfully to the crew’s judgement of his orders. He also states that he perceives himself to be a stranger amongst the others. Among his insecurities, the captain also sees himself as a stranger to himself and not fit to run his ship. The captain thinks, “But what I felt most was my being a stranger to the ship; and if all the truth must be told, I was somewhat of a stranger to myself. The youngest man on board (barring the second mate), and untried as yet by a position of the fullest responsibility, I was willing to take the adequacy of the others for granted” (940). The captain is young and does not feel he really knows himself. This insecurity leads him to believe he is not fit to lead others if he does not even have confidence in himself. The captain begins to change when he develops a close relationship with the secret sharer, a criminal that he harbors and to whom he can relate.

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The title of the story alone suggests that the "secret sharer" is an imaginary friend that is secretive and that the Captain can share his thoughts with....

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