The article refers to ethical aspects of forming writers' roles amidst their ruffled relationship with the Polish community (accusations of treason and departure from the country in the case of Stanislaw Brzozowski and emigration and giving up creation in his native language in the case of Joseph Conrad), a process that results in a conviction that both being and not being a Polish writer is very difficult. The autobiographical texts of both authors confirm that their ideas of literary tasks focus on a few notions: offence, blemish, shame, and oppression. Brzozowski and Conrad's choices depend on the negative influence of ethical rules that mark out a XIX century writer's range of duties. Therefore, the writers' views of their intellectual activity result from the 'ethics of exclusion'.
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