Transcript of The Wreckers
The Wreckers Iain Lawrence Fiction- Action and Adventure 1799 Cornwall, England jib trough flotsam regiment haphazard quavered bilge glowering pilchards balefully the inner one of two such sails long, wide and deep depression in the ocean floor floating wreckage of a ship a military unit of ground forces lack of order or planning shaken tremendously area of boat where seepage comes through looking with sullen dislike small European marine fish threatening with evil Vocabulary Book Information adj. n. v. n. adj. adj. n. n. n. n. We ran toward England under a jib. The jib was starting to rip. The brig rose from a trough. We had sailed through a trough. He was bending down to pick up bits of flotsam. There was flotsam in the ocean. He thought there had been a whole regiment running along the beach. There was a regiment during the war. They dropped things in haphazard piles. They had a haphazard plan for the day. My voice quavered like a birds. The boat had been quavered. He sent me down to the bilge. The bilge was leaking. The clouds were glowering over faraway France. He was glowering at the man. There were more pilchards than last time. We caught a lot of pilchards. He watched me balefully. The man glanced balefully at the girl. Plot Summary A boy named John Spencer is Traveling on a boat back home from Spain, where he and his father were getting wine to bring back. They see land and lights guiding them, but John thinks the lights were trick signals because he crash landed on the island. He wakes up on the beach and is barely alive, and his father is nowhere to be seen. He gets suspicious when a girl brings him to her house and he finds out that all of the shipwrecks that happen there they kill the remaining people who survive and steal their loot. John was lucky to survive, but his father is still missing, so he goes on a search with Mary, the girl to find his father. Conflict Type The conflict of this story is person vs. society. Jack starts to doubt the things that this new found society is telling him. He believes that they showed his ship false signals so that his boat would shipwreck and they could steal his things. Everyone in the society tells him that they were just trying to help, but when Mary brings John into her Uncle Simon's house he knows something is up. He sees all of the pieces and valuables of other shipwrecks. Uncle Simon tells him that it is a haunted coast, but John thinks otherwise. John blames Simon for his wreck, but he still denies it. Most of this book is the society trying to show John that he is crazy and he just keeps trying to figure them out. Themes, Symbols, and Motifs The theme in story, The Wreckers is trust. In the book tons of shipwrecks occur including John's. John believe that the only possible way that there could be so many shipwrecks is false signal, which he believes he saw on his boat. Uncle Simon says that it is a haunted coast. John thinks that Simon is the one giving the false signals. John talks with Mary and she said he would never do such a thing. John doesn't trust either of them at first, but as he hangs around Mary more he develops trust in her, and when he trusts her he starts to trust her Uncle. By the end he trusts both of them fully and realizes that Uncle Simon was just trying to help his ship come ashore. Theme: Trust Symbols: Ponies Lanterns The symbols in this story are ponies and lanterns. Jack and Mary ride ponies across the countryside together. They both ride together to get the things that they need to save John's father. They become very close to each other with all the time they spend together on the ponies and trying to save John's father. The ponies show friendship as John and Mary become friends. Lanterns are shown on the tops of the jagged coasts to guide the ships. The coasts are not very safe and have many dangerous rocks on them. The lanterns show trust because the ships trust the lanterns to guide them ashore safely. Motif: Shipwrecks Shipwrecks are constantly occurring throughout the book and are always being talked about. Simon collects things from shipwrecks and Parson kills the remaining survivors so that he can steal their belongings. The whole society is somewhat reliant on shipwrecks, making them one of this novels motifs.That is why the novel is called The Wreckers. Voice/Style The voice/style of the writer is serious and intense. There aren't any happy joyful moments in this book. John's father is lost most of the book and John is alone with no family. Strange people in the town are threatening to kill his father if he doesn't do what he is told. He also doesn't have trust in anyone for a while in the beginning. John finds his father in a drainage pipe underground chained to the wall. The book is intense when John is being chased by the men trying to kill him and shoot him. The dialogue is used a decent amount throughout this book. The sentences also seem to be sweet, short and to the point. Characterization John Spencer MaryFull transcript
He is a very curious and suspicious young boy. He likes to know what is going on and how things work. He is one of those people who digs very deep to get any information he can get. He also gets very suspicious when he thinks that you are lying. In the novel, john accused Uncle Simon of signaling false lights that made his father's ship get shipwrecked, but Simon denied it. Throughout the rest of the book, John was always nagging him about how he had tons of flotsam and valuables and how he was the one who wrecked all of the other ships. He is very smart and can figure out little clues that are given to him. In the novel he was told one simple little things and was able to figure out where exactly his father was out of the whole town and countryside. Mary is a sweet young girl who helps John do everything. She knows the land much better and explains and shows John many things especially because he is so curious. She likes telling all about the things that she does and lives. She is also very brave because she helps John with all of his missions to save his father. Without Mary, John would be so lost he wouldn't know anything. Mary is pretty much John's assistant and is always by his side. If I were John I would be very thankful to have Mary at my side. Point of View This story is written in first person point of view. I can tell that it is because the main character, also the narrator uses I throughout the story making it a first person story. Some examples of John using I are these sentences; "No tongue?" I said. I'd been to the homes of barons and lords. I stood there shaking. I felt a hand on my forehead. I turned the match end over in my hand. I looked away. All of these "I's" are indicators that this story is in first person. Mood/Tone The mood of this book is more dark and glum. The book doesn't really have its happy moments. Sometimes there are ghosts that the people see and half the people in the town kill for a living. The town runs on looting shipwrecks and stealing. It isn't the best place, but people like Mary brighten it up a little. A man named Stumps has no legs and is very mean. He is the one who trapped John's father and had the key. When John took the key to free his father, Stumps chased him down in his wheelchair and tried to kill him. The book is dark because the majority of it is stealing and killing.