''Lord Jim'' is the companion novel to ''Heart of Darkness'' written by JosephConrad. It is the story of an idealistic Englishman who believes that his cowardice while serving as an officer on the pilgrim ship ''Patna'' has ruined his life. He later finds his way to an obscure island outpost of Patusan where he is able to rebuild his life and reclaim some honor. However, the ghosts of Jim's past comes back to haunt him when greedy adventurer Gentleman Brown arrives and plots to steal from Jim's profitable little paradise...
!! This novel contains examples of:
* TheAtoner: What drives Jim during the second half of the novel. It's why he works to free the local Bugis community from their corrupt overlords and gains their respect hence the nickname [[TitleDrop Lord Jim]]. Unfortunately, that need to atone becomes a problem when Gentleman Brown shows up and sees how he can exploit Jim's one flaw...
* TheChiefsDaughter: Actually, Jim becomes friends with the Chief's ''son'', while Jim gets paired with a regular mixed-blood local girl.
* HonorBeforeReason: Jim has a chance to flee in the aftermath of Gentleman Brown's raid, but refuses and goes back to the Bugis' community [[DeathEqualsRedemption to answer]] for the death of his friend Dain Waris.
* IronicName: Gentleman Brown. He's nothing of the kind.
* JumpedAtTheCall: Viciously deconstructed. Jim is described as a young man looking for the opportunity to be a hero. The novel details how that desire destroys him [[spoiler:both when he fails during the ''Patna'' disaster and when he succeeds on Patusan.]]
* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: What happens to Jim when he finds out the ''Patna'' and its Muslim passengers survived the accident that made him and the crew jump ship. [[spoiler:It's the same response he develops when he finds out the cost of dealing with Gentleman Brown, leading to Jim's tragic end.]]
* MysteriousPast: Jim moves to the island of Patusan where his past can remain anonymous. [[spoiler:It still haunts him to his death.]]
* TheNarrator: [[AuthorAvatar Marlow]] from ''Heart of Darkness'' shows up during Jim's trial over the ''Patna'' incident. He keeps tabs with Jim over the course of the story and is the one who helps him get his job on Patusan.
* NobleSavage: Deconstructed as well.
* PromotedToScapegoat: What happens to Jim as the responsibility for the ''Patna'' fiasco gets dumped onto him by the ship's captain and higher-ranking officers. Made worse by the fact that he readily accepts the fault of others' as his own.
* SurvivorGuilt: INTENSELY played throughout the novel, even when it turns out that [[spoiler:Jim really wasn't guilty of anything]].
* SwitchingPOV: The novel starts off as a standard Third Person Narration, but switches to Marlow's narration [=POV=] when he shows up in Jim's life. It works in this novel because it keeps Jim as an cipher of a protagonist throughout the remainder of the story.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The incident of the ''[=SS=] Jeddah'', and the scandal following it, provided Conrad the basis for this novel. TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Jeddah has more]].
* WideEyedIdealist: Jim in the beginning. [[spoiler:He's still an idealist at the end, but it means he's willing to go back and die for it.]]