The Theme of Patriotism in Prince Roman

Joanna Kurowska

This essay explores Conrad’s assessment of the moral state of Europe as well as post-
Enlightenment European divisions, as reflected in the writer’s treatment of the theme of patriotism in his short story Prince Roman. The story’s unique, seemingly “un-Conradian” features are discussed in the context of the influence of Polish Romanticist ideas on Conrad. The motifs of unselfishness and sacrifice for a “greater cause” recurring in Prince Roman are shown as determinants of the quality of the protagonist’s moral choice.
Słowa kluczowe: Prince Roman, patriotism, Poland, Europe, sacrifice, messianism, nationalism, Polish Romanticism
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