It’s when the adventurous life has to face reality that it takes its dramatic dimension, which grinds dreamers and weak people

The Costa Concordia, full of lamblike and peaceful tourists, wandering what a journey on a holiday boat looked like, could have inspired Joseph Conrad, one of the greatest adventurous novel british writers, to write Lord Jim, the novel dealing about a ship captain, cowardly abandoning the travelers he has to look after, whilst in a shipwreck. That is a wonderful exemple of: It is when the adventurous life has to face reality that it takes its dramatic dimension, which grinds dreamers and weaks.

Conrad opposes the reality of an inglorious existence, that of Jim, who wants to survive, that of a heroic captain, who would risk everything even to die. Is the sea world playing here with the proximity between heroism and stupidity?

The violence of the marine world destroys the heroic dreams of the main character who does not stand reality, thus revealing the flaws of his human existence, he, who, after reading adventure novels, dreamed of becoming a romantic hero.

He had the heroic dream of becoming a quixotic captain but the violence of reality, that led to the sinking of his ship, compelled to reveal his cowardly and weak nature.

And the shipwreck itself revealed there were no possible heroism: nothing epic in the wrek of his ship but a slow death, without passion, in which the character suffered.

Later, Jim flees reality and tries to become the hero he was not able to be, but he is constantly reminding the weakness of having abandoned the ship and its cargo pilgrims, and he wanders from ports to ports, ashamed of his crime. It will search all through its journey, the means to redeem themselves by heroic actions, risking his life.

Is Francesco Schettino, the former cruise ship Costa Concordia’s captain, who has recognized his errors to the court, condemned to flee from ports to ports, towards neverlands, to redeem himself by heroic actions…?

 

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