The Sea Devil
1 He fishes by night because:
- He liked the loneliness and labor of it
- He liked being the hunter
- He liked the clean taste of salt when he gripped the edge of the net with his teeth
- He liked the arching flight of 16 pounds of lead and linen against the starlight
- He liked the weltering crash of the net into the unsuspecting water
- He liked the harsh tug of the retrieving rope around his wrist
- He likes the way the net came alive when the cast was true
- He liked the thud of captured fish on the floorboards
This leads to conflict with the ray because he was all alone and there was no one there to help him from the ray.
Significance that he does not fish for a living because he would have known how to handle situations like a ray or some other kind of danger.
2 He saw 2 ripples in the water behind him that had a sluggish oily look. This is foreshadowing the ray because it had a sluggish oily look, so it was something big. He is a man that works with his head not his hands. This foreshadows when he had to use his brain to survive by using the stake to cut the rope of the net. “The man smiled a little; porpoises were his friend.” This foreshadows that the porpoise is his friend and will try and protect him. The porpoise tried to kill the ray by hitting it with its tail.
3 The complicating incident is when he sees the two other rings of water and he knows that is not a small fish. One rising action is when he is fighting the ray and he grips onto one of the stakes and it breaks. The climax is when he breaks free from the net and he made it to the surface. The resolution is when he lets the mullet free because he makes it back to shore and the story ends. The ending is happy because the protagonist is successful, and he makes it back to shore alive.
4 Civilized world: when people live in a well-organized and developed society.
Primitive world: characteristic of early ages or an early state of human development.
The purpose of the references to the plane, the causeway, and the man’s wife is to show how far the world has evolved and can do things like fly a plane that fight against nature. These references are all from the civilized world and he is hunting for food which is part of the primitive world. He can buy food in the civilized world but he chose to hunt for food and almost died doing so. The reference to the wife at home is also representing comfort and safety.
5 He learned how the fish feel when they are being dragged by the fishing line. He releases the mullet because he just experienced what he did to the mullet.
6 He put his hand on the stake above the barnacles and held on to the good, rough, honest wood.
The night was as black as a witch’s cat.
A school of sardines surfaced suddenly, skittering along like drops of mercury.
1 sullen: to be sluggish, slow, or gloomy
2 weltering: to move in a turbulent way or to rise and fall or to toss about in the waves
3 elemental: meaning the basic needs of man
4 sinewy: the lean or muscular part of a person or animal
5 hoisted: to raise or haul up
6 phosphorescence: luminescence caused by the absorption of lights or electrons
7 cordage: cords or ropes, especially in a ship
8 exhilaration: a feeling of excitement, happiness, or elation
9 atavistic: something that happens from a very old habit from a long time ago in human history
10 centrifugal: moving away from the center
11 gauntly: bleak, desolate, or grim
12 impeding: delay or prevent someone or something by obstructing them
13 tenaciously: in a determined or unwavering manner
14 respite: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
15 equilibrium: a state of physical balance or a calm state of mind
16 imminent: something unpleasant is going to happen soon