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The Labrador Fiasco

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Evelyn Marshall

on 17 December 2014

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Transcript of The Labrador Fiasco

Plot:
There are two plots in this story that tie into each other...
Characters:
Setting:
Storyline 1!:
Conflict:
Storyline 1!:
Theme:
1. Youth
2. Ignorance
3. Growing Up
4. Isolation
5. Death
Point of View:
Storyline 1 is spoken in first person by our narrator. And storyline 2 is spoken in third person, again by our narrator; but this time he/she's telling the story of Hubbard, Wallace, and George.
The Labrador Fiasco
A Short Story Study by Evelyn, Kirill, Jacob, and Taylor
Storyline 1!:
About the narrator and her/his father.
The father had a stroke previously before the story begins.
The story (which is the other storyline involving Hubbard, Wallace, and George) is told by the mother, until the father falls asleep; then the narrator takes over telling us what they remember.
During this time, the narrator leaves. When they return a week later, their father's mental, emotional, and physical health has gotten worse.
The narrator and their father discuss the story some more during his/her visit; the father feeling nostalgic remembering his days going on exhibitions and hunts, despite his short-term memory loss.
One night the narrator's father has another stroke; causing him to lose half of his sight in both eyes, his short-term memory, and his sense of where he is.
The narrator and their mother don't know know what else to do after the doctor's news of the father most likely not ever gaining any of his sense back again.
The story ends emotionally with the narrator trying to engage their father in a conversation, but the father is confused since their child has grown since they last remember seeing them (he's lost the last 4-5 years of his memory), and scared because he believes he's lost on a camping trip in the woods; much like Hubbard, Wallace and George.
Storyline 2!:
Two explorers named Hubbard and Wallace decide to go on a journey through the unexplored wild of Labrador.
They try to hire a Native American who would be familiar with the area to guild them on their journey; but they aren't successful (since every Native in the area is familiar enough to know it's not safe).
They end up hiring a man name George to come along with them on there journey. He meets up with the two other men in New York City where they gather supplies for their trip.
They start off on their quest in the middle of July. They follow the river on their map that leads to Lake Michikamu; however, there are three other rivers around their path, and they start to follow the wrong one.
The river is difficult to follow, and they end up carrying their canoe across land many times due to the shallowness and throwing some of their food out along the way so there would be less to carry.
Hubbard, one day, finally discovers they've followed the wrong river; and the now weakened explorers begin to head back.
The seasons begin to change from summer to autumn, and then to winter.
George suddenly has a dream one night where God appears. All this time they've been catching large amounts of trout to eat from the river. God tells him he "can't spare anymore of these trout", but if the men continue to follow the river they'll eventually end up at the Grand Lake.
The men ignore the dream, abandon their canoe and start to travel over land.
Hubbard eventually is so weak he can't go on anymore, and the two men decide to leave him to wait in a tent by a fire while they continue to search for help. He dies that night in his sleep.
Wallace follows Hubbard a few days later... He tells George to go on while he goes back to Hubbard but get caught in a snowstorm on the way. After attempting to make shelter in the snow, his dead wife comes to him in spirit and gives him survival advice. He dies shortly after as well.
George, although weak, manages to kill a porcupine. He considers going back and sharing his meal with he others but is convinced he's the only one left. We aren't given a conclusion to whether he lives or dies; but we can definitely agree that he was probably the smartest out of the three explorers.
Narrator:
Our voice to the story. Although we aren't told whether they're male or female, we can assume they're female from their loving, caring and almost motherly nature, and by the fact that this story was written by a woman.
Narrator's Father:
A man suffering from short-term memory loss due to strokes. Past hunter, explorer, and bird-enthusiast.
Narrator's Mother:
Our first storyteller who introduces the story to us. By the end we can see that she's deeply affected by her husband's dwindling health.
Hubbard and Wallace:
"Chums and cousins" who both enjoy the great outdoors; but maybe to much campfire smoke got into their heads throughout in years and caused them be maybe a bit to confident in their sense of direction; which, of course, led to their deaths.
George:
A Cree Indian from James Bay who signs up to be Hubbard and George's plus one. He's ultimately the last man standing and the smartest of the three.
Storyline 2!:
Labrador
Modern day
The narrator's parents' home
Mood changes from happy and quirky to sad and emotional
Starts in October and finishes in the Spring
Labrador wilds
Mood changes from exciting and adventurous to desperate and hopeless
Summer, autumn and then eventually winter of 1903
Storyline 2:
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Nature
Towards the end of the story we start to see the inner battles of the characters; especially the narrator's parents. After the father's second stroke, the mother distracts herself from facing the fact that she cannot fix her husband by doing constant household chores. The narrator's father on the other hand, is battling himself due to his health and his inability to remember anything. Our narrator is blaming themselves for the facts that they couldn't stay young, or maybe make time go a little slower; at the end they say,
"He's disappointed in me: not because of anything I've done, but because of what I've failed to do, I've failed to remain young. If I could have managed that, I could have saved him; then he too could have remained as he was.".
The obvious conflict in the story of Hubbard, Wallace and George is their battle with the harsh winter. The winter Labrador weather is what ultimately killed 2 out of 3 of them in the end.
Jeopardy!
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