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The Character of the Captain in Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad

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The Character of the Captain in Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
The Captain helps Leggatt because he identifies with him. The Captain and Leggatt both have similar physical characteristic traits. They also come from the same social class and are both isolated on their ships. Symbolism is used to express the Captains mindset as depressed, apprehensive, and insecure. Through this symbolism the Captain implied his insecurities with nature and his crew. Not only does the Captain and Leggatt share similar characteristic traits, but Legget also has qualities that the Captain needs. Leggatt psychologically completes the Captain by giving him a sense of decisiveness and confidence.
When the captain first spotted Leggatt, the Captain saw him as a "headless corpse". Soon after the Captain saw Leggatt as his "body double". Leggatt was the captains "own reflection in the depths of a sombre and immense mirror". They were the same size, and Leggatt fit perfectly into the Captains sleeping suit. When Leggatt went to sleep, the Captain looked at him and saw himself....

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...ips. Leggatt gives the Captain characteristic traits that the Captain needs. Decisiveness and confidence is what the Captain lacked. Now with the help of Leggatt, the Captain gained these traits that were needed in order to succeed as a captain.
Symbolism was used to express the Captains minds set. In the beginning paragraphs, the Captain is viewed as depressed, apprehensive, and insecure. The Captain viewed the land as insecure, whereas the sea was stable. The Captain was secure with the sea, and wished he were more like it.

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