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A Reading of Joseph Conrad's The Tale

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The Tale is a short story by Joseph Conrad. Typical of a Conrad story it is set at sea. The sea is symbolic of the unconscious and this story may be read as a story of the unconscious. On the outside, it seems simple; a man tells a woman a tale of the commanding officer of a patrol ship who gives false directions to another ship and sends it to its doom. In between the lines of the seemingly simple plot, however, can be read another tale; one which speaks of a human sea deeper than the sea of water; deeper, darker, and infinitely more mysterious. Man has navigated the sea of water but the unfathomed sea of his own being remains, for the most part, undiscovered. This is a sea different from the sea of this world and Conrad sets sail on it by telling a tale from another world. Sailing with Conrad, the reader can look out on the infinite vastness and try to form a picture of the infinite depth of a sea which is not visible to the human eye.

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Periodical:
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 4)
Pages:
45-48
DOI:
10.18052/www.scipress.com/ILSHS.4.45
Citation:
M. R. M. Zadeh "A Reading of Joseph Conrad's The Tale", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 4, pp. 45-48, 2013
Online since:
Sep 2013
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