In our Literature class, we started reading a story called The Open Boat. In this entry I will post questions and stuff related to it.
- Make a summary (include the characters and setting)
The Story is about a cook, an oiler, a captain and a correspondent who are in a steamboat near Mosquito Inlet and they are strongly, but scary fighting against the waves, which are their main obstacle, while thinking where they should go.
- Explain what is going wrong with the boat at the end of Part I.
The boat was fighting the waves while deciding where to go.
- Find a picture of a steamboat (19thC) and check the parts of the boat.
Parts of a steamboat
Mosquito Inlet is located at the north pf Florida, USA.
- What do the following words symbolize:
–Black: sorrow, death, emptyness, destruction.
–Dark: chaos, the end of the world is forthcoming.
–Ominous: portending evil or harm, forshadows evil.
–Gull: communication, community.
–Sinister: threatening or suggesting evil, harm or trouble.
–Gruesome: causing horror or disgust.
- Investigate the Theory of «The Uncanny»
The uncanny locates the strangeness in the ordinary, disturbing the boundary between living and death.
- Make a summary:
- what happened
- what you feel will happen next
What happened in this part is that they got to land. The atmosphere constantly changed from hopeless to hopeful and there’s a feeling of brotherhood. I feel something bad will happen in Part IV.
- Poseidon: god of the sea, earthquakes, floods, drought and horses.
- Amphitrite: goddess of the sea, wife of Poseidon
- Pontus: was the sea itself
- Palaemon: was a child sea-god who helped soldiers in distress with his mother.
- Phorcys: ancient sea god of the dangers in the deep
- Triton: fish tailed sea god.
- Nereus: old man of the sea and the god of the dead fish.
All events completely determined by previously existing causes. Determinism is contrasted with the free will.
In the ending, as Darwin said, the fittest survive and the weak die (the oiler).
The correspondent was able to survive as he could read life.