Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" Book Review by writingsensation

Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo"
This paper discusses three characters from Joseph Conrad's novel "Nostromo", which has a primary theme of materialism and its impact on the human psyche.
# 68981 | 1,020 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2006 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses three characters from Joseph Conrad's novel "Nostromo", who are corrupted by materialism: Nostromo, Decoud and Gould. The author points out that Nostromo is perhaps the most adversely affected by materialism because he becomes addicted to it; whereas, Decoud's story is the most tragic because he is tempted by materialism but, in the end, he cannot bear what it has done to him and Gould is destroyed by materialism because he lies to himself about his goals and desires. The paper concludes that, while these men are very different, they illustrate how materialism is no respecter of persons and can corrupt anyone.

From the Paper:

"Here we see how the treasure is real and becomes the driving force in Nostromo's life. This passage reveals Nostromo's state of mind, indicating how the man is corrupt. Through his corruption, Conrad is emphasizing that it is not what a man has but who a man is that becomes the measure from which we judge a man. It is interesting to note that Nostromo cannot consider suicide because he cannot image himself dead. Again, we see how he is consumed with self. In short, his pride will not let him commit such an act."

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