Parallel:“He found an antique bucksaw of wood and wire that he used to saw the dead trees to length. The teeth were rusty and dull…” (Page 211)
“The dull green antique coppers spilled from out the tills of their eye sockets onto the stained and rotten coffin floors.” (Page 214)I found it interesting that a bucksaw of wood and rotten eyeballs were being considered antiques. In the previous world antiques could be things that people valued, but now in a world of nothing there are no guidelines as to what should and shouldn’t be treasured. I think it’s important to consider the fact that the only things left from the past are either “dull” or “rotten”. Also, on page 228 it says, “The brass was dull and there were patches of green on it…”. This is the second time that the words “dull” and “green” were used to describe something (see quote from 214). I haven’t yet discovered why, but I thought it was something to note.
Contrast:“An hour later they were sitting on the beach and staring out at the wall of smog across the horizon. They sat with their heels dug into the sand and watched the bleak sea wash up at their feet. Cold. Desolate. Birdless.” (Page 215)
“Faint deep coals of the driftwood fire pulsing in the onshore wind. Lying under such a myriad of stars. The sea’s black horizon. He rose and walked out and stood barefoot in the sand and watched the pale surf appear all down the shore and roll and crash and darken again.” (Page 219).
This is a contrast between past and present. The man’s memory on page 219 starts off in a warm setting while he’s settled in a place that feels cold. He remembers the sea’s horizon being black, which gives me a sense that the possibilities beyond the water were endless. Now, he sees a wall of smog across the horizon that is telling them they cannot pass. This wall represents their defeat knowing that their journey can never venture past it. This idea continues on page 216 when the father explains to his son that there is nothing beyond the horizon. During the flashback, the surf is described as pale which makes me think of something pure. That pureness of the water is gone and is now described as bleak. I also think it’s important to recognize that before the world was destroyed, the man stood towards the sea. This time around, he and his son decide to sit. Before, the sea was not a threat to him and could be used for enjoyable activities or adventurous trips. Now, the sea has taken control and is seen as a vicious force. This contrast truly represents the unbearable change and devastation the world has experienced.
Questions:On page 218 the boy returns from swimming and starts to cry… Why?
Why was the man so fascinated with the brass sextant? (page 227)