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MonkeyNotes-Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
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PLOT (Structure)

Lord Jim has a unique structure, for it is told without chronological order and with several points of view and two different styles. Jim, however, remains the focus of everything in the book and becomes the unifying factor. The book is divided into three distinct parts. Chapters One to Four stand apart and are told from Jim's viewpoint. Chapters Five to Thirty-Five present Jim's story from Marlow's objective viewpoint. Chapters Thirty-Six to Forty-Five are taken from letters and documents that Marlow has sent to a friend, who remains unnamed.


The novel does not begin at the beginning of the story, but somewhere in the middle. The chain of events are not logical. Marlow constantly moves forward and backward in time. Flashbacks and flash-aheads are used to develop the plot, and the reader is called upon to put the pieces together in order to gain the full story of Jim. Conrad also includes a number of digressions, which direct the reader's attention away from the main story line. In addition the last chapters of the book do not follow the normal narrative of the rest of the novel. The end of Jim's story, including the climax of the plot, is revealed through letters to and documents about the protagonist Jim.

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