Through our class discussions, many people have brought up that Leggatt , was not a real person. He was made by the captain in order to get rid of his loneliness on a ship, for which he feels a little out of place. Perhaps both of them being "Conway boys" is just the Captain's way of missing his old friends, who were in a higher class than the first mate he finds so unappealing.
Contradictorily, I believe Leggatt is real because the story makes the character real. I don't think a captain boarding a ship trying to find him would follow a ghost. Although Leggatt , is real I believe that the Captain's own feelings have made a wrong interpretation of the man. His need for a companion, made him see Leggatt as not a murder but a man who suffered some quick passion and shot.
I think this happens to every human, when we feel a need to connect to people. Sometimes when we are lonely or sometimes when we are looking for friendship. For example, many people when they are in a relationship say them and the other person “connect on so many levels”, yet are completely different. Within this feeling, the Captain is looking for someone who is like him, someone who feels and knows like he does. It could even be said that he is writing Leggatt’s personality and biography without truly knowing who we was, just in case he was in contrast to his beliefs. My question then is do you believe people can misinterpret other people, out of loneliness or hope to find common ground? Do you believe that Leggatt is a product of this?