Monday, April 9, 2012

Conrad, The Secret Agent II

[Posted by Thomas]

We touched briefly in class about how Conrad satirizes anarchist folly, by painting them as almost stupid (the novel's subtext is called 'A Simple Tale' or sometimes 'A Novel of Fools'), committing fool's errands on the word and influence by others who rouse Anarchist thought. We saw this in his short story as well, where Anarchist action is the product of drunken musing. But Conrad also show's what he believes to be the absurdity of violent anarchist action more so through Verloc's family. In what way or ways does he show this, and can you find ways in which this, as well as the dynamic of Verloc's family, is reminiscent of Shaw and his views on chaotic anarchy.

1 comment:

  1. I think that overall Conrad views all anarchy as folly, and thus, chaotic or violent anarchy would be judged harshly. You bring up a good example in his short story "The Anarchist" and Verloc's family. Overall I think Conrad is trying to use the novel to illustrate just how useless all forms of anarchy are. Whether its governmental/societal/violent anarchy, in trying to blow up or destroy a building or state or a society and replace it with a new one, or by trying to invert typical domestic marriage roles. in the eyes of Conrad, its clear that the status quo is that way for a reason, and that it is the best of our options.