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Analysis on the Boat

  • Submitted by: Swancaitlin
  • on April 13, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,275 words

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On Friday, March 6, 2015, Caitlin Swan   wrote:
As as a high school student one of people's favourite question to ask us is "what do you want to do after high school?" As a child when we answered this we gave the cliched doctor, ballerina, astronaut, etc., with those answers being solely based off of our our dreams. Now when we we are faced with the dilemma of what to do with our future there is a lot more to consider then just the shallow ambitions of our dreams. Practically, and even often times reality, often contradicts our preexisting notions and the forgotten fact that our lives coincide with those around us; our decisions effects the people we care about. The cliched "you can be anything you want to be" we heard as children is no longer the case. It can feel at times that everyone is a stakeholder in our future. However, when it comes down to it we must take responsibility for the decision of our future. In the short story, the boat by Alistair MacLeod the narrator is faced with a similar dilemma. He must choose whether to become a fisherman and earn the approval of his mother, or to leave behind the tradition of his ancestors inter pursuit of education and live out his father's dream. In the end, either option will inevitably lead him to a life of unhappiness and guilt. When deciding, the narrator realizes that even though he is responsible for his own future, sometimes others place barriers around us, and in turn set out our future. The narrator struggles to appease both his parents when deciding to either follow the traditions of his ancestors or to continue his education and in the end takes responsibility to leave fishing behind because of his father's influence on him and the choices his father makes.

Often the biggest influence in our lives is our parents. Despite what our teenage angst and rebellion would suggest, we speak our parents approval. The narrator in the boat is no different. He desires the approval of his mother despite it being nearly...

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