S-Space College of Humanities (인문대학) Institute of Humanities (인문학연구원) Journal of humanities (인문논총) Journal of Humanities vol.07 (1981) (인문논총)
콘라드의 도덕적 비젼
Conrad's Moral Vision
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 인문대학
- 인문논총, Vol.7, pp. 3-32
- The art of fiction which Conrad boldly innovated much ahead of his time is an
important factor that contributed to the establishment of his eminent place among the
masters of modern fiction. When one is preoccupied with studying this technique side of
his worlr, however, one is liable to forget that there is an equally important point which
deserves scrupulous critical attention: the moral aspect of his work.
This paper is based on the assumption that Conrad was an author who had a profound
sense of morality and a deep insight into the condition of man, and that his moral
vision should be examined in view of the universal values which have had fundamental
relevance to human life rather than in terms of any clearly defined ideology. Such a
critical stance is valuable not only because the philosophical quality of his work, if there
be any, is not firmly based on any systematic ideological foundation, but also because
whatever significant ideas were held by him manifested themselves as a way of looking
at life more than any thing else.
This paper treats, first of all, the nature of Conrad's tragic view of life, and then
proceeds to categorize the ideal values cherished by him, before it finally touchcs upon
the manner in which his moral vision incorporates thc innovative art of fiction as part of
the vision itself.