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The Secret Agent – By Joseph Conrad – Response Paper This close-reading is over the passage in the final chapter in which Comrade Ossipon first begins to re-examine his newspaper about Winnie Verloc’s suicide and stops right before the description of her death. (234-235) This passage is significant to the novel because it uses the theme of alienation to illustrate the maddening consequences of causing someone’s death. At the start of the passage, we see that Comrade Ossipon had fixated on a newspaper article about Mrs. Verloc. Earlier in the chapter, The Professor had asked Ossipon if any of his women had “killed herself for you” (233). Ossipon quickly changed the subject; however, the answer haunted him. He re-read the final line of the article, “An impenetrable mystery seems destined to hang for ever over this act of madness or despair.” The fragments of this sentence are then repeated in Ossipon’s thoughts throughout the next three paragraphs. Alienation is presented as a theme throughout the novel. Any character that must keep a
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This note was uploaded on 12/24/2011 for the course ENGL 350 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M.

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