THE SECRET SHARER

The “secret sharer” is a piece of literary work that presents the best lesson for the society. Leadership is a very critical part of the societal model and it is a unique responsibility that covers many aspects of the community. The work explores how individual can posses’ dualism but only one attribute is always visible. A person can have desirable qualities that are dormant but upon interaction with other people, the potential may be unveiled. In this literature work two key characters shows the two sides of a person and the effects of interaction in shaping the identity and ability of an individual. The central issue in this literary work is the hidden potential in people that can be ignited through social interaction in the society.

The story begins with an anonymous narrator who happens to assume the role of captaincy in the ship bound to a long journey. This narrator gets the name of the captain from this moment hence forth following his new leadership position (Conrad, 56) . The main challenge in this case to the new captain is unrealized leadership potential and overwhelming naivety. He has a crew that seems to know more than he does and this presents a tricky governance situation for him. It is important to note that captain has ability to lead this crew but he still have little experience on how to deal with them by balancing what should be done and ethics. The crew members tend to be resistant in some cases about his actions but this does not dampen his spirit of standing his ground in terms of decisions. The subsequent actions of the captain give a thrilling series of interactive sessions with Leggatt who murdered another subordinate crew in this great voyage.

The initial stage of the meeting of captain and Leggatt is itself unique in the sense that this is somebody who murdered and was being sought after but managed to slip off the hands of the authority. Leggatt stands to symbolise the determined and intelligent people in the society by swiftly devising an escape mechanism in which he sinks his clothes to convince the other crew that he had drown. This scene presents great knowledge of literature and its deep-seated application in the societal framework. The narrator is always restless due to the miasma of confusion in which he is wallowing. It is out of this that he stumbles on a struggling Leggatt in water and brings him to safety within his room. A question that remains to be asked by many people is about the forces behind the behaviour of captain. Many people who go through this piece of art would keep wondering whether there has been some ghost spirit influence behind captain’s conduct. The author of this book gives a chronological account of how captain interact with Leggatt and the aftermath of this relationship in the eventual behavioural changes in captain. For audience with little insight into the literary world, captain may be branded names or may be associated with many issues like being mad, possessed by a ghost spirits or whether the interactive process with the murderer explains his behaviour. Various aspects of this work clearly rule out the influence of evil spirits in the actions of captain. However, the murderer presents the best opportunity for captain to unravel his potential and this keeps appalling the crew as they don’t see him walking with anybody that may be claimed to have a role in his behaviour. Due to the legal battle awaiting Leggatt after he murdered, captain offers him safe hideout within the ship but they keep exchanging ideas often when they are alone.

To support the fact that captain is not influenced by any dark spirits his steady actions needs to be observed across the narration. In this story, it is clear that Leggatt killed a crew member after failing to comply with his demand for help to repair the ship. This was a bold step that presents an intriguing twist of bravery and inhumanity. The main cause of this action was to save the voyage while on the other hand murdering was not ethical in an attempt to make one understood. It is important to note that this is a complete opposite behavior of captain who seemingly treads in total confusion on how to approach various matters. It is very evident that captain who just assumed this responsibility two weeks before narrating this story is timid and totally out of phase in terms of managing the crew (Capriles,38). Captain is rational but this is not a very important factor in some circumstances in the arena of leadership. This ideological incompatibility explains why the two interact with massive reformation of captain in terms of how to lead others to their destination with real authority and to instill confidence in people about his decisions. Captain believes in straightforward and refine mode of sailing the ship but he fails to understand the psychological technicality of the crew in some circumstances and this is where Leggatt becomes important to make some sense out of his conservatism and civilized way of leadership. It is in this regard that after Leggatt explains the circumstances under which he unintentionally committed murder that captain sees the truth about flexibility in leadership. Captain realizes that in cases of immediate need emergency but bitter decisions need to be taken. This change of mind is manifested in the way he changes tact in dealing with the crew as they sail and they fail to understand the mystery behind the sudden new development. This makes them think that captained is being controlled by some invisible powers. In real sense, it is the gradual interactive talks between captain and Leggatt that has caused this new trend of action.

In the position of leadership, one is always vested with powers to influence behavior which in turn induce particular actions. This explains why a leader will always be held accountable to all his actions and the actions of the subjects (McCarthy, 67). This is what Leggatt was seemingly considering by unintentionally murdering one person to save the other majority at a point where immediate action was required.  It is seen in the actions of Leggatt that in some circumstances, rules and regulations have to be bent. This is due to the uncertainty of nature and the unpredictable behavior of human beings leading to proactive measures by an effective leadership. The point of madness is completely not true and the only conclusion that can be observed from the conduct of captain is the normal reaction of any leader in the course of self discovery. The difference in this case is that this is initiated by another person. Captain is also trapped in the normal psychological realignment that always occurs in any person especially by coming into contact with another individual who happens to have been in similar circumstance. It is not in order to attribute the radical changes in captain’s way of executing his decisions to any demon or insanity since they ended up shaping the destiny of the journey. The reason as to why somebody may ask whether captain was being driven by demons is the truth whether Leggatt was real or an evil spirit from the sea.

The Secret Sharer shows the importance of interaction as one of the best avenues of personality development. The reality of the ideas passed by the murderer can be seen in the actions of Captain and this is a clear justification of the mortality of Leggatt. The account of saving Sephora is particularly important in revealing the identity of Leggatt and this rule out any perception that he was a spirit from the waters. Besides, captain used to hide him from being discovered, a case that could not have been possible if this was a ghost. The point being driven home in this case is that all the actions of captain were not initiated by invisible evil forces. This book presents the best tools of literature including symbolism and thematic description of various scenes (Stephen, 78). Leggatt is an ordinary human being who only represents the other class of leadership who are irrational in their actions but have a rare kind of bravery. In other words, this has been used as a symbolism to strengthen the message being conveyed in this work. The systematic actions of captain demystify any possible thought of association with a demon, or being mad.

In   summary, captain is going through a normal transformation in terms of leadership skills. This he acquired naturally through his gradual interaction with a murderer who happens to have been a leader with experience on how to handle different situations. As they continued operating in secret, the formerly timid and naïve narrator turned captain began to gain knowledge on how to manage the crew. This makes the whole story reflect the reality of the society. This literary acts as the mirror of what actually takes place in the society and this makes it to look authentic that the behavior of Captain is not exceptional.

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