Sea Devil Character Sketch

The man in “The Sea Devil” is an ordinary, hardworking man who uses fishing as an escape from his ordinary job in his ordinary life. He is described as a strong, broad-shouldered man in his late twenties, he was also wearing swimming trunks and tennis shoes. He mentions that he is a man who uses his head not his hands, hinting at the fact that he is well educated. His intelligence is shown in all the knowledge he has about the local wildlife and there feeding grounds, it is also visible in the way he adapts to any situation he is thrown in. For example, when he is thrown off his boat and into the water he manages to clear his head and find a way to break the rope connecting him to the sea devil which also shows the quick-witted nature of his character. He is also quite courageous due to the fact that he didn’t back down and give up when he was pulled into the water. The man is also naturally trustworthy and good-natured, “The porpoise had fed well this night and was in no hurry… It had no quarrel with any ray, but it feared no fish in the sea…” (page 39) The and the porpoise had no reason to battle each other, but the porpoise attacked the Sea Devil for no apparent reason. It appears as if the author wanted to show the reader that the porpoise was trying to help the man get away from the ray. Over the course of the story, the man grows more sympathetic for other creatures. “Slowly, painfully, the man began to move through the placid water. He came to the skiff at last and climbed into it… The man reached down with his torn hand, picked up the mullet and let it go.” (page 41) The man starts off believing that man has mastered and overcame nature, viewing humanity on a higher level then the rest of the animal kingdom. After struggling for his life against the Sea devil, he realizes that man is in fact natures equal, he then looks at the mullet, realizing that the poor creature was going through the same ordeal as him, but with no way of escape, so he lets it go. Overall, the man in the “Sea Devil” can be seen as an intelligent, compassionate, hardworking person. Many people could use his story as a guide in life to help understand that humanity is not above nature and that hard work and intelligence are essential for a happy, humble life.


“Strong U.S. Dollar Equals Greater Value.” Northern Ontario Travel, 7 June 2016,

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