Conclusion: A Woman Alone
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Conrad’s complex depictions of women’s and men’s struggles with confining expectations with regard to gender and power—and the alienation that results from them—continue to be relevant. This conclusion considers how Hitchcock’s adaptation of Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent in the film Sabotage replaces Conrad’s dark ending with a more conservative resolution. This change highlights aspects of cinematic gender tropes that continue even today, especially the marriage plot ending for woman characters. In contrast, Conrad’s late novels focus on the loss caused by women’s confining traditional roles, avoiding easy and palpably false narrative resolutions to consider the troubling politics of gender representation.
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