By Joseph Conrad
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Dialogue The dialogue in Victory is noteworthy for its exact portrayal of character. Only Lena's talk seems a little unbelievable. Would a Cockney girl of such sordid origins use the good English Lena uses? Of course profanities were not allowed in the literature of Conrad's time, so whatever vulgar language she may have used cannot be reported. Even so, she speaks with remarkably pure diction. Humor In spite of Victory's tragic character, humor often flashes through. Some examples are the description of Morrison's trade practices with the "God-forsaken villages" in the first paragraphs of Chapter Two, Part One, and the description of Schomberg's fight with Zangiacomo.
Other Symbols Throughout the book, the reader will find rich symbolism: The volcano symbolizes life, always threatening to break out in violence, breeding storms--life as Heyst regarded it. The volcano also foreshadows Heyst's death by fire. Clouds symbolize the sad fate of both Heyst and Lena. The books and portrait symbolize the hold Heyst's father's philosophy has on his son. The sea symbolizes death. The storm symbolizes the storm of violence in the hearts of the actors in Samburan's final tragic scene.
What does each of the four parts of Victory contribute to the whole? 6. What is Victory's principal theme? Other related themes? 7. Are there indications that Victory's themes stem from Conrad's own "life stuff"? 8. When Heyst helps Morrison, what emotion moves him? Is it the same emotion which causes his rescue of Lena? How does this emotion tie in with Heyst's father's philosophy? 9. Some critics refer to Heyst as a "hollow'' man. What do they mean? 10. Ricardo thinks that Schomberg is a "tame" man.