Doramin: Character Analysis in the Novel Lord Jim

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Doramin's Magnetic Personality

      Doramin was a Malay with immense bulk, looked dashing, imposing and monumental. His impression of physical dignity was aggravated by the manner he embellished himself. He had a wife and a son, Dain Waris who was twenty-five years old. Doramin was second, in power and strength, in Patusan. There were three parties and their chiefs in Patusan. Doramin was one among them. The others were Rajah Allang and Sherif Ali. These parties were hostile to one another and often caused great violence in Patusan.

Doramin's Attitude to Jim

      Jim was sent to meet Doramin in Patusan. After crossing several hurdles and showing Stein's ring, Jim was greatly hailed by Doramin. Jim saw a mother figure in Doramin's wife. She was very loving, kind hearted and took much care of Jim. Jim had succeeded to execute his plan against Sherif Ali with the help of the indispensable assistance of Doramin and his son, Dain Waris. Though Doramin was old, yet he came over the hill and was present there at the time of firing on Sherif Ali's headquarters.

Doramin's Ambition to Make his Son the Ruler of Patusan

      Marlow had realized the secret ambition of Doramin in one of his conversations with him. At that time, Doramin, due to his huge bulk, looked to Marlow as a cunning old elephant. Doramin said that he wanted to get a promise from Jim that he would favor his son in making him the ruler of Patusan because one day or the other, Jim, like other white men, had to go back to his country. He wanted to confirm, through Marlow, when Jim was going back, but Marlow's silence in this matter, disappointed him.

Doramin's Revenge

      When Dain Waris was shot dead by Brown and his body was placed before Doramin, he shrieked in grief and pain. Soon Jim came there, unarmed, confessing all the responsibility of Dain Waris's death. The people of Patusan no more believed Jim to possess supernatural power and they turned hostile towards him. Doramin raised his hand and fired at Jim. Next moment Jim was lying dead there.

      Doramin was utterly depressed and disappointed at the death of his son because now his most cherished dream of making his son the ruler had also met its end.

      To Sum Up: Though at the end, Doramin being a cunning man, does not win our appreciation and sympathy; his character lends more variety to the art of characterization of Conrad.

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