Cliffsnotes Victory (Cliffs Notes) by Joseph Conrad

By Joseph Conrad

The unique CliffsNotes research courses provide specialist statement on significant subject matters, plots, characters, literary units, and ancient history. the most recent new release of titles during this sequence additionally function glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, conventional layout. In CliffsNotes on Victory, you find certainly one of Joseph Conrad's most intricate characters, Axel Heyst, a guy who has withdrawn from lifestyles, and during situation, has come to dwell in isolation on an island -- until eventually he meets the gorgeous Lena and falls deeply in love together with her. What follows is a sad story in an unique environment that basically Joseph Conrad may well inform. bankruptcy summaries and commentaries take you thru Conrad's memorable novel, and important essays assist you comprehend constitution and symbolism of the unconventional. different positive aspects that assist you research contain A common precis of the advanced plot of the unconventional Analyses of every of the most characters a bit of evaluation questions vintage literature or smooth modern day treasure — you will comprehend it all with specialist details and perception from CliffsNotes examine courses.

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His romantic nature and perception of beauty fitted him for warmth and close human relationship, but the paralyzing hand of mistrust had touched him early and withered a vital and delicate element within him. He did not marry until he was almost forty. He promised the parents of his bride, Jessie, that she would never have children. Nature, however, to Jessie's great satisfaction, took a hand in Conrad's affairs and two sons were born to them. Children have seldom appeared in Conrad's writings, and in spite of skill in craftsmanship and the esthetic beauty of his work, it has suffered by the omission.

Dramatic Method For the most part, Conrad chooses to inform his readers through dramatic scenes. In using this method, he conforms with the best opinions of modern writers and critics, who believe that people would rather see a scene than hear about it. Some of the book's most vivid scenes are: • • • • • • • • • • Heyst's meeting with Morrison on the streets of Delli in Timor. The scene in the concert hall where Heyst sees Lena being tormented by Mrs. Zangiacomo. The meeting of Heyst and Lena in the hotel garden at night.

Since Conrad allows the reader access to Heyst's mind in the later part of the book, his private thoughts furnish the clearest revelation of his character. He thinks of Morrison with playful and half-annoyed scorn. " Davidson he regards with indifferent approval. Schomberg's vicious gossip enrages him because it probes his guilt complex. Yet even his rage is shortlived and futile. He regards the three villains as a deadly menace, yet every idea he advances for dealing with them is childish and impotent, nullified by his own emotional inertia.

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