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The Boat by Alistair Macleod

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Transcript of The Boat by Alistair Macleod

The Boat by Alistair Macleod
Theme
The theme of the story is : Sometimes you have to sacrifice what you want for the better good .
EX: She stopped sleeping in it , referring that his mother don't sleep with his father anymore , they
sacrificed
their" marriage " in order to make their life work for their children.

Main and Types of Characters
MOTHER (Jenny Lynn) ->
Static character.
FATHER->
Static character
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Daughters: Round characters
SON (NARRATOR)->
Round and Dynamic
Uncle->
Staic and Flat.
Tourist->
Static and flat.
Climax
The climax happens when the father dies, this is becuase , the son's obligation of fishing with his father is removed after his death.... YAAY!(
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Tone
The tone is many :neautral, observant, informative, considerate.
EX: One by one they went.My mother had each of her daughter for fifteen years , then lost them for two finally over.
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Foreshadowing :
When the father tells his son to not forget what he said, after the son promises to fish with him for as long as he lives.This foreshadows the death of the father "as long as he lives".
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The tourists compare the Father to Earnest Hemmingway
Uncle is also being alluded to Tashtego, a human hunter in Moby Dick.
The mother is compared to Eucasta Vye , a character in Thomas Hardy`s ``The Return of the Native``.
Author's Attitude
The author `s attitude throughout the whole story is unbais He doesn`t choose any sides, he just narrates the story just how it is , and gives us , as the reader the choice to choose which side we want to take. The author doesn`t , at all critisize or sympathisize, with either the parents, children ,etc. This is because the author wants us to have some insights to the sons life.
EX:
The point of view in the story is in first person, because the story is from an "I" point of veiw.
Ex: "I learned first about our house...."

Author's Point of View
Symbolism
Books:Education & Freedom.
The Boat: Tradition
The father`s Chain Braclet : the fathers connection to the sea
The father`s singing: He enjoys some aspects of fishing
The sea & the Harbour: The sea is used as a comparision to the house.
Clothing: The way the mother and the father treat their clothing- they neglect it , and discard it somewhere.They are both torn by what they want and what they are obliged to.

Narrator
This story is narrated by the son, which is first person point of view. The beginning of the story was written in present tense, then the rest in past tense because the narrator was having flashbacks.
SETTING
The setting of this wonderful story takes place in the house, sea, harbour, on The Boat .
"Can we please see the setting ! Please Peter! "
Lets go to the point of view
"I can't wait to see his point of view!"
I love first person point of view!"
The treasure is in understanding the best story ever: The boat!
Thanks for the Adventure !

Ex: "There are times even now, when I awake at four o' clock in the morning with the terrible fear that I have overslept;when I imagine my father..."
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