Alistair Macleod The Boat Summary

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Inkshed #8 - The Boat Alistair MacLeod’s short story “The Boat” is a coming of age account in which the narrator tells of a period in his life when he must choose between what he desires and what his family deems is important. The narrator delves into his relationships with his mother, tradition, and most importantly his father. His family lives in a small Nova Scotia fishing community where his father owns and operates his own fishing boat and his mother stays at home to take care of the seven children. The relationship between his mother and father is conflicted and it is obvious that they do not hold the same views. The narrator is forced to choose between finishing high school and helping his father out on his boat. He realizes that it

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