– Then & Now Essay Research Paper
Youth : Then & Now
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.