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Ile Literary Challenges
Transcript of Ile Literary Challenges
Steward is experiencing some type of conflict when the author says “ What he hears makes his face darken and he mutters a furious curse. There is a noise from the doorway on the right and he darts back to the table.”
Restating Lines: 63-66 & 80-84
Oh, is it you? Why are you shivering. Stay by the stove where you should be, and you won’t find a need for talking.
It tells the audience that Ben is calm
Conflict in lines 94-103
The Steward used specific phrases like “ damn him” “damn the stinking whaling ship” “damn me” He referred to himself as a fool for ever going aboard the whaling ship with Captain Keeney, he is lonesome and craving land and civilization. The loneliness of the sea, the ice, and the whaling ship he’s been on for almost a year has caused his anger, loneliness, and sorrow. The Steward referred to Captain Keeney as a “hard man” because Keeney is stubborn, refusing to return to the shore despite his wife going mad and his crew despising him.
The Steward’s emotions towards the ice is repulsed and angered at the thought of having nothing around except the vast valley of ice. The sailor tries to remain calm and collected but since he has remained in the ice on the same ship away from all civilization for almost a year, he is going mad from the solitude he’s surrounded by.
Day One Challenge
Ben and the Steward
The scene in which Ben and the steward talk about Mrs. Keeney is the scene where you start to realize what being on a whaling ship is like. The steward said Mrs. Keeney used to be “as sweet a woman as ever was”, and Ben said she used to be very nice to him before she got “like she is”. They say that being on the whaling ship changed Mrs. Keeney and Ben says “She don’t never speak to me no more--jest looks at me,”. He also says that she doesn’t do much except for sit and sew, and sometimes he hears her crying to herself.
Steward's Conflict with Nature
Mrs. Keeney doesn’t talk to anyone on the ship,
but sometimes she talks to her husband. Sewing is how she keeps herself busy, but that can only work for so long. Mrs. Keeney’s internal conflict is that she is stuck on the whaling ship with no one to talk to except for her husband, and she doesn’t want to be on the ship anymore but she has no choice. This causes her to cry to herself “without makin’ no noise” because there’s no way out of it.
The captain’s personality is mentioned
by the way he looks. He look as if he is a hard and cold hearted person. The way he dresses, doesn’t say much, but his eyes. Being bleak and clenched, shows him as a rude person who doesn’t seem to care about anyone’s feelings or anything for that matter. The enormity of his body shows him as if he is a strong person, someone who looks to work out and uses this as an escape. The gray hair makes him seem to be stressed, although he is a little older, forty-five isn’t a good age to have a head full of gray hair. Therefore he seems stressed.
Mrs. Keeney's Appearance
Mrs. Keeney is experiencing internal conflict for she dresses in primarily black. She walks in with a pale and drawn face. Her eyes are very red from weeping, along with her nervous hands. Her personal appearance is an unhappy sort of look. Looking frightened, shows she has an inside problem and it shows on her face.
I feel like a “full ship” symbolizes satisfaction for Captain Keeney. He said he has always brought back a full ship. Captain Keeney needs to feel the satisfaction of bringing in a full ship.
Mrs. Keeney is stuck in time, in her mind she feels like she's trapped in ice. Her sanity is melting like the ice is.
Captain Keeney has an internal conflict regarding whether to follow the ile or take his wife home. The conflict is resolved near the end when the passage clears up. However, when Annie goes mad and starts laughing hysterically, Keeney doesn’t know what to do. This causes another internal conflict.
The relationship between Steward and the captain is more respectful, the captain will actually listen to what Steward has to say. Yet his relationship with the other crew members is quite differebt, he gives them very little respect and dont care what they have to say.
I feel like the symbol for the clear water is happiness/joy, because Mrs. Kenney says where they are is a “terrible place” so I feel like now that she has seen the clear water that it brings her happiness.
Line 331: “I feel it in my bones” - He has a feeling something will happen
Line 336-337: “not if I know their breed of dog” - He knows the people they are dealing with
Lie 368-369: “wouldn’t keep ‘em in chewin’ tewbacco” - Nothing will hold them back
The internal conflict with the mate is that he wants to go home. He doesn’t want to set out on a voyage to the ile. Keeney says to the mate, “ ‘N you want to turn back, too.” Keeney said this to the mate because he was talking how others want to get back to their folks.
The conflict Keeney is describing is that the ice is going to break up soon, and once it breaks up, the whales will come out, and that will get in the way of getting to the ile. But the time is unknown.
The society says there is a law that will allow them to go home, since Keeney won’t let them. The society said “We ain’t agoin’ to work no more less you puts back for home.” Keeney basically said I’m not sending you home, and the society said “and the law courts’ll say we was right.” Keeney’s conflict is that the society wants to go home, and they won’t work until he lets them.
I think Mrs. Keeney would react like they all are stupid for having a confrontation. What I know about Mrs. Keeney is that she is a strong woman, she acts like a leader, and at time can be quite sarcastic.
Conflict (Lines 510-521)
Leading up to this conflict the crew has just wanted to go home, but Keeney still refuses. The crew is fed up at this point, that’s why the crew is so hyped up leading to this conflict.
Conflict (Lines 560-582)
Mrs. Keeney wanted to go on the voyage because she wanted to be with her husband. She has been sitting at home for 6 years waiting for him to come back from voyages. Mrs. Keeney said that she was a “teacher.” Back then, women couldn’t do what the men did, they had to stay home, to teach and to cook, this is the conflict with the 19th century.
Point of View: Verbal Irony: (Lines 594- 597)
When Mrs. Keeney said “I guess I was dreaming about the old Vikings in the story books and I thought you were one of them.”
This simply says that she thought he was a viking and was hoping to experience the viking life.
I don't think this marriage can be saved. Going through the story, she seems uneasy about their marriage. Unsure if he loves her or not.
It shows that with their relationship,
she feels no emotional ties to him although she loves him, it seems to her as if he doesn’t. She is trying to get her brain back together and feel that love that she misses out at sea. It changes the audience’s understanding because more information is being shown as to why she wanted to be there on the ship. When she says, “You love me don’t you, David?”, it shows that she doesn’t feel the love and wants to.
Qualities: Good leader, thoughtful, handles stress,
clear minded, critical thinker, thinks what’s best for crew.
Captain Qualities: selfish, thinks of what he wants, uncaring
I would not like to serve under someone like Captain Keeney for the fact that he only thinks of himself and what he wants to accomplish, not the feelings of his crew members. If he only thinks of himself, there is no guarentee of your health and well being, even if the goal is out of sight.
The different symbolic meanings for north and south to captain keeney is south means getting the ile and success but keeping the crew and his wife against their will. north means going home and coming back as a failure.
Mr.Keeney: north- ile, success, pride. south- home, failure, empty handed.
ms.Keeney: north-ile, torture, loneliness. south- home, happiness, warmth, sanity.
Dialogue and stage directions in lines
855-883 Keeney is a stubborn man and chose to get the ile and return home successful rather than stay and tend to his ill wife. “(with grim decision) I’m a-comin’ with ye.” No matter what he has to sacrifice he doesn’t want to return home without ile. “I can’t turn back now, you see that, don’t ye?I’ve got to git the ile”
“Her whole attention seems centered in the organ. She sits with half-closed eyes, her body swaying a little from side to side to the rhythm of the hymn. Her fingers move faster and faster and she is playing wildly and discordantly as..”
“You do love me, don’t you, David?”
"To hell with your law courts! We're at sea now and I'm the law on this ship"
**Picture in Hand**