The Boat by Alistair MacLeod is about a boy who grew up in a fishing town and wanted to escape it retelling his story. The unmanned narrator starts the story by telling the readers of his first boat ride. We learn from the story that his father is a fisherman and his mother has always known this life of fishing. So the narrators entire life was spend on a boat; from reading thee we will learn that the boat is a reoccurring theme and it is kind of personified. The we learn that the narrator’s father is an avid reader and is always reading. This makes mother angry; she thinks that books are pointless; she even goes as far to say “In the next world God will see to those who waste their lives reading useless books when they should be about work” …show more content…
“She seemed to always be repairing clothes that were ‘torn in the boat’ preparing food ‘to be eaten in the boat’ or looking for ‘the boat’ in our kitchen window which faced upon the sea (Macleod 3). Their life only revolved around the boat. Whenever father returned from work that’s what was always talked about, the boat. Another quote that set the mood of the story is when the narrator talks about his mother. He says: “My mother was of the sea, as were all of her people, and her horizon were the very literal ones she scanned with her dark fearless eyes” (Macleod 6). I think the narrator is saying that like the sea his mother is dark and intimidating like her people who are also fishing people. In my opinion I think the mother makes the mood of the story dark and melancholy. She wants so much out of her husband and children, and when they don’t do what she wants she doesn’t talk to them. The mother puts too much pressure on the family to do what her family did. I can understand that the mother didn’t want to be alone, but as a mother you should want you kids to do better than you did and want them to succeed in life. When her only son was going to school , she said; “ I never though a son of mine would choose useless books over the parents that have you life”(Macleod 18). It shows how the mother was putting so much pressure and guilt
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In the 2nd paragraph on page four, he explains to the reader all about inboard and outboard boats. He talks about the sound the inboard boat used to make and that it was “an ingredient of summer” (pg 4, para. 2, line 5) and goes on to describing how an outboard boat works. I feel in that paragraph he stops just to explain to the audience the dramatic difference between what he grew up using versus what his son is growing up with. What is the "significance" of the story, and are you specifically included in that significance?
“Across the river, a party of fishermen had been camped for several days. I heard the old Maxwell car as it snorted and chugged its way out of the bottoms. I knew they were leaving. Throwing down my hoe, I ran down to the river and waded across at a place called the Shannon Ford. I hurried to the campground.
but a dream it is an exhausting journey that requires us to push ourselves and move forward. We cannot rely on others or “a motor”, we are the driving force of our boat and the reality is life isn’t but a dream. Using the found objects creates history to this piece difficult to attain by other media. The man rowing the boat has a back story, in the same way each object that he is made from comes from a previous use.
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The waves that rolled underneath the boat showered us with an awakening mist. My father was steering the boat with one hand and jigging with the other, all the while ensuring we didn’t float over to the Canadian side of the river. He was wearing his cattail camouflage jacket and khaki pants. My Father’s friend, Hammer, sat in the front of the boat jigging a minnow. I sat between both Hammer and my father jigging away