The Nigger Of Narcissus Analysis

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This extract from the Nigger of Narcissus a novel by Joseph Conrad depicts a sailing ship by the name of Narcissus entering into a port. The language used to describe the port depicts it as a dark, lifeless, constraining and dangerous location and the perspective from which the extract written is one which consists of negative opinions about this location. There are many examples throughout this extract where contrasting ideas are used to depict the diversity in the nature of the port. These contrasting ideas compare elements which we would usually associate with pleasant locations and objects with elements which are typically unpleasant and disgusting. These fundamental aspects of this extract portray the port from a perspective which views …show more content…
The extract begins by illustrating a port as having a shore which is made of straight lines creating a rectangular shaped bay in the line; “The stony shores ran away right and left in straight lines, enclosing a sombre and rectangular pool.” This is uncommon in most depictions and images of beaches and ports which are often soft and round. This use of words can create an image of harsh lines rather than the smooth edges that is often imagined when picturing a beach. Throughout the extract there are reiterations of this harsh and constrained mood through use of various other words and phrases. One such line …show more content…
It can also be used to describe an object, activity or location which is tedious, uninspiring or lacking in human qualities and emotions. In this context the word soulless has quite possibly been used to illustrate a location which lacks emotion (such as kindness and empathy) or life. In this situation the pronouns “she and her” are used to personify the sailing ship The Narcissus and in the concluding sentence is alludes to “her” death. This death is not one of physical means as a sailing ship is not a living creature however it can be assumed that this “death” is one of metaphorical sense, that as the ship entered into the port it lost all its character and

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