The Pressure towards Paradox
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In larger matters, the sense of paradox underlies Conrad's interest in the oblique narrative technique which offers 'a tale within a tale', a second narrator being introduced by the first narrator. 'Youth', 'Heart of Darkness', Lord Jim, 'Falk', Under Western Eyes and Chance provide examples. At its most extreme, as in 'Heart of Darkness' and Lord Jim, this procedure enables one narrator's viewpoint to be undercut or questioned by another's; it emphasises relativism of perception; and it makes problematic the process of transmission and comprehension of experience. Though oblique narration was a common device in fiction of the late nineteenth century, Conrad exploited its potentialities more fully than did his contemporaries.