The spirit of youth has changed dramatically since the days of
Joseph Conrad and his story, “Youth.” Conrad strongly emphasises the
desire and strong will of the young crewmen. Whereas, today’s youth do
not posses he drive and motivation of their ancestors. All in all, it
is clear through the passing time, attitudes have changed.
1 “O Youth! The strength of it, the faith of it, the imagination
of it!” Conrad’s example of youth powerfully describes the greatness of
it all. Marlow and the other young crewmen possessed this quality of
youth and powerfully exemplified it on the treacherous voyage of the Judea.
The youth of today, as many feel, do not have the strong characteristics of
past generations. One hundred years ago, a young man may have gone on a
dangerous voyage like Marlow, but a young man today leads a more secure,
The changes in attitudes over time may be due to the fact that
today’s generations do not have nearly as many hardships as in the past.
With all the technology and scientific breakthroughs, have it easy.
To conquer a problem in a modern lifestyle today, is to have a steady
source of income. In retrospect, today’s youth benefit much greater than
the youth of the past. Although the youth of the past benefit in the fact
that they accomplished thier goals, and have many special memories to
reflect on, as Marlow did.
1. Joseph Conrad, “Youth,” Story and Structure
Laurence Perrine (ed) (Toronto, Harcourt & Brace, 1966)
Conrad, Joseph”Youth” Story and Structure.
Perrine, Laurence. Toronto. Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc.