New PDF release: Collected Works, Vol. 23: Marx and Engels: 1871-1874

By Frederick Engels Karl Marx

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47. Parry argues that the function of all peripheral characters connected to trade, adventure or colonial service is to distinguish Jim’s adherence to the dominant ideology of imperialist mission from their violation of this moral consensus. Benita Parry, Conrad and Imperialism: Ideological Boundaries and Visionary Frontiers, London, 1983, pp. 88–9. 28 According to David Trotter, Jim’s delusion elevates private judgment above official jurisprudence although the latter has power to define or deny professional identities.

Cited in Peter Mandler, The English National Character: The History of an Idea from Edmund Burke to Tony Blair, New Haven, 2006, p. 120. R. Searle, The Quest for National Efficiency, Oxford, 1971, pp. 54–106. 11 Mr Chamberlain at Leicester, The Times, 1 December 1899, p. 7. 12 Yet hero worship and the heroic ideal in itself are increasingly symptomatic of an Empire in decline and therefore in search of heroic men who in Lord Jim cling to imperial ideals rather than ever see them actualized. Indeed, much of the quandary in Marlow’s response to Jim lies in his reluctance to concede the obsolescence or at least the deficiency of national character as a legitimizing fiction for Empire.

45 Yet early on there is an indication that Jim’s trust in ‘hidden truths’ is a terrible misjudgement of his own flaws and of modern times, in which everything has been reduced to its commercial value. It is a short step from the cynical narrator’s designation of the Patna’s Arab pilgrims as ‘human cargo’ (16) to the captain and the second engineer’s blatant racism which dehumanizes them to ‘cattle’ and ‘vermin’ (15, 44 Chamberlain in a speech in March 1895 to the Birmingham Jewellers’ Association.

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