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Youth, by Joseph Conrad

Date Submitted: 02/21/2003 18:05:12
Category: / Literature / Novels
Length: 2 pages (622 words)
Joseph Conrad suffered from a sudden visit from reality. Before he went took a trip to the Congo, he thought he was still a youth; he had an adolescent mindset of invincibility. However, in the Congo, Conrad realized, “Hey, I’m old.” He became “self-conscious.” From then on, Conrad viewed life with an incredible sense of indifferent pessimism. He regretted not being young while also not caring because he knew he couldn’t do anything …
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…of times past because his mind was infested with Conrad’s pessimism. “Oh, youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination of it!…Pass the bottle.” “They care not for what’s at the end of the day, for what is to come, for what might have been…[they can’t understand how living could be anything other than a dream when you’re young, free and innocent…” Blood Brothers, “Summer Sequence”
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