The Boat Who Wouldn T Float Novel Analysis

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Page 1 Happy Adventure It was not actually a happy adventure for Farley Mowat, though his boat is ironically named Happy Adventure. He does succeed in conquering his vessel by the end and from that comes the theme of what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. This theme is not only true to real life but very true to this novel. It is developed throughout the novel The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by the use of three techniques; literary devices, character development, and setting. The theme is illustrated by two literary devices; symbolism and humour. Farley Mowats boat is symbolic to his development throughout the novel. The boat begins as a piece of junk put together by a bunch of cheap Newfoundlanders. As the novel progresses the boat nearly does kill him, it needs to receive many repairs and new parts, thankfully he encountered a lot of generous Newfoundlanders like the ones in Trepassey who refloated his boat, “They said they had heard we were having trouble refloating our boat. They said they would deem it and honour to give us a helping hand. They said their crews were already rigging wire warps from our bows to the main winch of the biggest dragger.”(141)Along with his boat getting repairs he feels like…show more content…
Humour is used very often throughout. Every near disaster that Farley has with his boat is always a comedic event, he talks of being drunk and trying to navigate into a harbour at night in a thick black fog laughing and scared out of his mind, “The Newfoundland Pilot Book informed us that the harbour was complicated, with off-lying dangers, and that it should not be entered unless one took aboard a pilot. Furthermore it should not be entered even in daylight, unless one possessed local knowledge. The book said nothing about what should not be done at night, in a black fog, by perfectly good intoxicated strangers.”(165) They nearly crash the boat several times but they always laugh it off

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