Arsat keeps insisting that he loves his brother because Arsat feels tremendous guilt for what has happened. When fleeing the pursuers, he does not wait for his brother as originally planned and turns his back on his cries. He betrayed his own brother for the woman he loves and he ends up losing both, causing great sadness. He states early in the story that he is not a whole man because his love has half of his heart, supposedly a way to convince himself that he was not man enough to save his brother. Upon her death, he is a whole man once more, but it is too late and he can only feel guilt and grief.
Read the excerpt. “I heard him calling my name again with a great shriek, as when life is going out together with the voice—and I never turned my head. My own name! … My brother! Three times he called—but I was not afraid of life. Was she not there in that canoe? And could I not with her find a country where death is forgotten—where death is unknown.” In “The Lagoon” by Joseph Conrad, why does Arsat keep insisting that he loves his brother? Arsat feels tremendous guilt for what has happened. Arsat intends to go back to rescue his brother. The white man questions Arsat’s love for his brother. The white man says he never had a brother.