- Why does the man fish by night?
- The man liked to fish by night because he liked to cast alone and found it very different from what they did in the 20th This leads to the conflict because he is unable to see what he is catching when its dark and quiet outside. The significance is that he does not fish for a living he fishes for fun.
- Identify 3 examples of foreshadowing?
- An example of foreshadowing was when he slipped the knot over his wrists.
- Another example of foreshadowing was when the man mentioned he let the baby porpoise go.
- The third and final example of foreshadowing was when the author said “he looked closely to make sure no stingray was hidden in the mesh”.
- Identify the following parts of the parts plot: the complicating incident/ a single crisis/ the climax, the resolution and the ending
- The complicating incident: The man wasn’t going to cast anything until he saw two or three mullets together in a group.
- A single crisis: Was when the man realized that he had caught a sea devil instead of some mullets.
- The climax: When the ray swam quickly and he made the choice to cut the rope, his plan worked out in the end.
- The resolution: The man decided to let the mullet go and he would never go casting at night alone.
- The ending: The ending is a happy ending because he was saved and realized that he cannot fish at night alone.
- One of the conflicts is between the civilized and primitive world (define these two words first). What is the purpose of the references made to the plane, the causeway, and the man’s wife at home?
Civilized world is where everyone is living and everything’s modern and developed.
Primitive world is where its only the natural aspects of earth and nature.
The conflict against the civilized world and primitive world is that the man against the ray and the darkness of the primitive world. The references of the planes and causeway were a sign or symbol to show that humans have accomplished a lot. The planes were to show how or that we can float through the air to travel the world, and the lights near the causeway is to overcome the struggles and things that are harder of the darkness. Now the man’s wife that had been sitting in her house is to show that mankind or the community is that it stays protected, warm, and entertained during the night.
- What does the man learn at the end of the story? Why does he release the mullet?
At the end of the story the man learns how it feels to not be the hunter and how to be the prey. The man had decided to release the mullet.
- Find 3 examples of descriptive language – this will lead into a discussion of figurative language.
- Personification – “the good, rough, honest wood”
- simile – “a great horned thing shot like a huge bat of of the water”
- figurative language – “he saw the mullet he had just caught, gasping its life away on the floor boards of the skiff.”
- sullen – bad-tempered and sulky; gloomy.
- weltering – move in a turbulent fashion
- elemental – related to or embodying the powers of nature
- sinewy – consisting of or resembling sinews
- hoisted – raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys
- phosphorescence – light emitted by a substance without combustion or perceptible heat
- cordage – cords or ropes, especially in a ship’s rigging.
- exhilaration – a feeling of excitement, happiness, or elation.
- atavistic – relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral
- centrifugal – moving or tending to move away from a center.
- gauntly – extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture; emaciated.
- impeding – delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.
- tenaciously – with a firm hold of something; closely.
- respite – a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
- equilibrium – a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced
- imminent – about to happen