Asked By: Miguel Torres Date: created: Mar 24 2023

Who are the characters in The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Answered By: Austin Smith Date: created: Mar 27 2023

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea By Yukio Mishima “All six of us are geniuses. And the world, as you know, is empty.” ― Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea This novel is difficult to review. Because of what it says and how it says it, it is an object of long analyses and symbolical interpretations.

  1. Mishima has an incredibly luxurious vocabulary.
  2. I found the novel astonishingly poetic – to me it became very vibrant in its use of the colors that constructed the world of each individual character, including the sea itself on a canvas below the night sky of Yokohama.
  3. To me it was very viral and alive in its auditory aspect, of the way the characters spoke through their inner monologues.

I’m not going to try to analyze it but rather try to review what captured my interest. So be warned! To paraphrase an introduction to this novel, Gogo no Eik or as it is widely known “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea” is a beautifully written, but darkly told story about Noburo, his mother Fusako and a ship officer she meets named Ryuji.

Noburo belongs to a band of 13-year old boys eerily reminiscent of the group you remember from the “Lord of the Flies”. The boys are led by a Chief and address themselves through numbers and ranks instead of names. The Chief trains them in something he calls objectivity – being physically and mentally numb to emotions but also pornography, murder, sex, humanity Noburo in the duration of the novel ranks at number 3 and he is constantly tested and teased especially after his mother begins a more lasting affair with the sailor Ryuji.

The thing about the notorious secret group Noburo is a member of is that their Chief prophesies the pure hatred of the father figure. “There is no such thing as a good father because the role itself is bad. Strict fathers, soft fathers, nice moderate fathers — one’s as bad as another.

They stand in the way of our progress while they try to burden us with their inferiority complexes, and their unrealized aspirations, and their resentments, and their ideals, and the weaknesses they’ve never told anyone about, and their sins, and their sweeter-than-honey dreams, and the maxims they’ve never had the courage to live by — they’d like to unload all that silly crap on us, all of it!” ― Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea The six boys believe in their cosmic superiority and aspire to exist in a reality made by them that is bordering on social chaos but which is also perfection again in a cosmic, greater than life way in which they are not limited, they are not controlled.

Since Noburo’s father has passed he is considered the lucky one of the group. The Chief believes he can understand the futility of human life and society, so he destroys both in his new world, the one he creates by speaking to the other boys. The boys share daily mishaps from their personal lives that are the doing of their fathers – from violent outbursts to pure negligence.

  • Noburo has a great passion and understanding of ships and the sea.
  • For him the sea is the only truth.
  • When on a visit to the commercial steamer Rakuyo he and his mother meet Ryuji.
  • Later on the adults engage in a night of passion while Noburo stares through a peephole drilled in a dresser in his room – there he experiences the “natural order of the universe”, because while having sex a ships horn sounds in the night and Ryuji turns towards it thus turning away from passion and continuing to be drawn by the sea and towards it.

So this vision of perfection that Noburo cherishes makes Ryuji a hero destined to do great things and that is so for both parties concerned, because Ryuji himself believes his destiny to be one of great honor and glory, of immortality in sea. His dream and his destiny ultimately lead to death at sea.

His pure disconnection and even resentment for the land is put to a test when he falls in love with Fusako thus deciding to stay. To Noburo’s disappointment Ryuji falls from grace in his eyes as he is deemed too romantic and soft and not the hero the boy believed him to be. The transgressions pile up until Noburo shares them with his fellow misfits.

The punishment they enlist on Ryuji for failing them and failing Noburo and for becoming his father is a vile and cruel one. Summing up this novel is a strange task, I found. There’s so much packed in 180 pages that the brief summary above addresses just the periphery of each storyline, just the basic influence, emotional charge the novel gives you.

  • Even though my understanding of Mishima as a person or a writer is far, far too shallow and his beliefs are, like I mentioned, something you’d put into a multiple-paged analyses, I still cannot deny that I enjoyed “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea” a great deal.
  • It was fairly easy to get lost in his version of Yokohama even when the words put on the pages were uncomfortable or bordering on mad.

The way his characters think, I assume is how Mishima used to. They have a very clear understanding of what they want and who they are for themselves, but life becomes a vantage point from which their facts change drastically and yet again take on a solid form, a new storyline that has an end to it, that has a purpose which could be different from the original, but it is still grounding for the character or characters.

  1. You might not like these changes, I might not like them.
  2. The novel deals heavily with dehumanization, alienation, glory through death.
  3. Usually those would be subjects I’d dismiss because they are very extreme and final.
  4. So the novel pushes social norms to the brink of insanity, to the breaking point in which we sit and read and watch as chaos unfolds.

There are these obvious parallels that you can clearly see once the story begins. My advice is to get to know Mishima first before you start reading just to get a better grasp of why certain things are written the way they are. I said some things here and there in the above text but I mostly draw from my conclusions and what I’ve been introduced to while looking Mishima up.

These parallels come from Mishima himself as the characters carry his own philosophy and ideology into the narrative and thus shape it on a more personal scale which is interesting. You’d read the novel, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Fusako for example is a direct representation of westernization by way of her style of living, her choice in imported clothes, her line of business.

It’s a lifestyle she is keen on implementing in her household so Noburo also carries some traits though they are mostly visual rather than imbued into his being. If you read into Mishima himself as a person you won’t be surprised to know he despised the Western invasion in Japan.

Noboru on the other hand, is more leaning into traditional Japan, so he’s a thread through to Mishima, a character in more direct connection. Ryuji is a dreamer but his dreams involve blunt heroism and a glorious death, so he’s quite selfish in that regard, there is a scent of narcissism around him that blows away in the wind as his character is felled from grace.

From what I’ve gathered and read, Ryuji and this drive of his towards heroism represent Mishima’s own political thoughts as he was a known fighter for his country, a known rebel. It’s no surprise that Mishima took his own life in a ritualistic way (seppuku) after a failed coup attempt.

  • He was an avid keeper of the code of the samurai and a firm believer in protecting the Emperor of Japan, but also according to history and his biography, his death was something he more or less organized and prepared for and more so longed for.
  • So his ideologies and pride of masculinity leek into his works, particularly here because of Ryuji who is the embodiment of masculinity – a lone strong male, with a destiny set out to sea, longing a glorious death.

You can see the points of comparison. This was supposed to be a short review. I feel once I’ve posted this I might come back and add something because that’s how things usually spin with “The Sailor Who Fell From Grace with the Sea”. There is no doubt the novel is a masterpiece.

  • I was honestly surprised that it captured me so immensely, that it drove its thoughts on life or lack of one that deep that I was musing on it even when I wasn’t reading.
  • It’s without a doubt a novel that shows how Mishima saw the world and society.
  • It’s cruel in its own way.
  • And I highly recommended it.

“And it seemed increasingly obvious that the world would have to topple if he was to attain the glory that was rightfully his. They were consubstantial: glory and the capsized world.” ― The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Asked By: Jake King Date: created: Sep 18 2023

How did the sailor help David to get off the ship

Answered By: Gregory Miller Date: created: Sep 20 2023

Plot – 12-year-old David has lived in a concentration camp for as long as he can remember. David was a strong, brave, and intelligent boy who had been ripped away from his mother and put into a dreadful camp. His only friend in the camp, Johannes, died.

As is revealed in a flashback in Chapter 1. One of the commandants has been keeping an eye on David, making sure he is fed properly and taking his vitamins. This guard sets up the escape, gives him some soap, and leaves a sack outside the camp fence with bread, a bottle of water, and a compass in it. David must go south to Thessaloniki (Salonika), find a boat to Italy, then travel north to a free country that has a king.

David finds a truck headed for Salonika, and without realizing it, climbs on board. He eats some of the food inside and when the truck stops, he jumps out. He finds a boat labelled “Italy” and sneaks in. After hiding for a few days and getting quite drunk from drinking wine, he is found.

  • Thankfully, the Italian sailor decides to help David escape by lowering him down the side of the ship with a lifebelt on.
  • He floats to land and, after climbing a little way, promptly falls asleep.
  • After having a bath, David finds a cave to spend the day in.
  • Then he decides to go to the town nearby to learn about life outside of a prison camp.

He is given, much to his surprise, a loaf of bread. He also finds a piece of newspaper that he uses to practice reading with. Later, after visiting the town every day for a while, David uses the excuse that he works for a circus to explain why he is a and why he is travelling.

Then he overhears people talking about him. He flees the town and travels north. On his way, he helps people, and sometimes they give him money. Along his journey, David discovers the beauty of the world and slowly changes his behavior and how he interacts with people. He saves a girl named Maria from a fire in a shed where she was trapped.

David spends some time in Maria’s family’s house, where he sees a globe and learns about different countries. However, his knowledge of suffering and death, as well as his enmity with their eldest son and his deepening, overtly exclusive relationship with Maria worries the parents.

David overhears them talking about him and, after writing them a letter, leaves the house to travel north again. Sometime later he sees a personal advertisement in a newspaper placed by Maria’s family, offering him a home and saying they understand his reticence. David has also been praying to the “God of green pastures and still waters”, and a priest explains that while some people say there are many gods, there really is Christianity and Judaism only one,

When he meets Sophie, a middle-aged lady who lives in Switzerland and likes to paint as a hobby, she asks David if she might paint him; later she invites David to have lunch with her in her house, and while he is there, David sees a picture of a woman in Denmark.

Sophie tells him that the woman’s husband and her child, a boy named David, were killed, but that a guard who was attracted to the woman allowed her to escape. He realizes he needs to travel to Denmark and find that woman, who is his mother. He also realizes that the guard who became the commandant has saved him because he was in love with David’s mother.

However, because she did not love him back, and the commandant felt a need for revenge, he did not tell her that David was still alive. When winter hits, David travels through the mountains, and he is held prisoner by a farmer who uses him for work. It is a hard season, but he is grateful to shelter at night in the farmer’s stable until the snow melts.

  • The farmer’s dog, King, keeps him company through the winter.
  • David knows that as the snow melts, he must escape from the bolted stable, as the farmer will soon hand him to the police.
  • He makes a hole in the stable, digs a tunnel, and is free again.
  • Ing catches up with him.
  • Later, the dog gives his life to distract some guards in East Germany so that David can sneak over the border.

David travels on through Denmark to Copenhagen where he looks up his mother’s address in a telephone book, which he does find. Virtually at the end of his strength he knocks on the door of “the house” and introduces himself to his mother whom he recognizes from the picture he saw of her in Switzerland.

What is the meaning of the girl who fell beneath the sea?

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Who is the main character in the sea the sea?

Plot – The Sea, the Sea is a tale of the strange obsessions that haunt a self-satisfied playwright and director as he begins to write his memoirs, Murdoch’s novel exposes the motivations that drive her characters – the vanity, jealousy, and lack of compassion behind the disguises they present to the world.

  • Charles Arrowby, its central figure, decides to withdraw from the world and live in seclusion in a house by the sea.
  • While there, he encounters his first love, Mary Hartley Fitch, whom he has not seen since his love affair with her as an adolescent.
  • Although she is almost unrecognisable in old age, and outside his theatrical world, he becomes obsessed with her, idealising his former relationship with her and attempting to persuade her to elope with him.
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His inability to recognise the egotism and selfishness of his own romantic ideals is at the heart of the novel. After the farcical and abortive kidnapping of Mrs. Fitch by Arrowby, he is left to mull over her rejection in a self-obsessional and self-aggrandising manner over the space of several chapters.

Who are the four main characters in salt to the sea?

Plot – Salt to the Sea takes place in East Prussia in 1945. The book follows four central characters as they evacuate their home countries: Emilia, a teenage, Polish orphan; Florian, a restoration artist from East Prussia; Joana, a Lithuanian nurse; and Alfred, a Nazi.

Emilia and Florian meet when Florian saves Emilia from a Russian soldier. The couple runs into Joana as she is traveling with a group of refugees. Everyone is attempting to make it to West Germany to board ships and save their own lives. Throughout the journey to the evacuation ships, the refugees get to know one another.

It is revealed that Emilia is eight months pregnant after an assault by Russian soldiers; Florian, the restoration artist, is on the run for stealing a piece of art from the Amber Room ; and Joana feels responsible for some of the deaths of her family.

By the time the group reaches the evacuation ships, their relationships are solidified. It is clear that Joana and Florian have fallen in love, and Emilia sees Florian as a symbol of good men. At this point, the group comes into contact with Alfred who is their only hope of getting tickets to the boats.

They board the Wilhelm Gustoff. While on the boat the story progresses. Emilia gives birth; Joana works as a nurse; Florian hides from Nazis who are looking for him. One day, Russian torpedoes hit the Wilhelm Gustoff (the boat they are on). Quickly, the ship sinks, and thousands die.

However, Joana, Florian, and Emilia’s baby, Halinka, escape on a lifeboat along with a boy named Klaus. On the other hand, Emilia and Alfred find themselves on a raft, and when Alfred finds out that Emilia is Polish (after she initially revealed to be Latvian) he tries to kill her, but fails and suffers fatal injures in the process, dying shortly after.

Not long after, Emilia dies too and sees her late mother and brother. The book concludes with a glimpse into the future, 1969. Joana and Florian live in the United States. They have Emilia’s baby, the boy Klaus, and a child of their own. In a letter sent by Clara Christensen, a Danish woman, it is told that Emilia’s body was found washed up on shore, and she was buried.

How many Sailor characters are there?

Creation and conception – Naoko Takeuchi initially wrote Codename: Sailor V, a one-shot manga which focused on Sailor Venus, When Sailor V was proposed for an anime adaptation by Toei Animation, Takeuchi changed the concept to include Sailor Venus as a part of a ” sentai ” (team of five) and created the characters of Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter.

  • The name “Sailor Senshi” comes from sailor fuku, a type of Japanese school uniform that the main characters’ fighting uniforms are based on, and the Japanese word senshi, which can mean “soldier”, “warrior”, “guardian”, or “fighter”.
  • Takeuchi created the term by fusing English and Japanese words.
  • The DIC Entertainment / Cloverway English adaptation of the anime changed it to “Sailor Scout” for most of its run.

According to Takeuchi, only females can be Sailor Guardians. In the anime’s fifth season, the Sailor Starlights are depicted as men transforming into women when changing from their normal forms into Sailor Guardians, rather than just being women disguising as men as they appear in the manga.

Takeuchi wanted to create a series about girls in outer space, and her editor, Fumio Osano, suggested that Takeuchi add the “sailor suit” motif to the uniform worn by the Sailor Guardians. Takeuchi settled on a more unified appearance in later stages of character design. Among the protagonist Sailor Guardians, Sailor Venus (during her time as Sailor V) has the only outfit that varies significantly from the others.

Sailor Moon, whatever form she takes, always has a more elaborate costume than any of the others. She also gains individual power-ups more frequently than any other character. Sailor Guardians originating from outside the Solar System have different and varying outfits; however, one single feature – the sailor collar – connects them all.

Most of the antagonists in the series have names that are related to minerals and gemstones, including Queen Beryl and the Four Kings of Heaven, the Black Moon Clan, Kaolinite and the Witches 5, and most of the members of the Dead Moon Circus. Members of the Amazoness Quartet are named after the first four asteroids to be discovered.

The Sailor Animamates have the prefix “Sailor” (despite not being true Sailor Guardians in the manga), : Act 52  followed by the name of a metal and the name of an animal.

What is the message behind the story of I Am David?

I Am David addresses the cruelties, politics, and suffering of warfare while celebrating the resilience and abiding optimism of youth.

What did the sailors do to save the ship which Jonah was in during the storm?

2. (5-6) The sailors of the ship seek their superstitious gods. – Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep.

  • So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.” a.
  • Every man cried out to his god : When in trouble, man does his best to fix the problem.
  • In this case, they threw the cargo overboard.
  • When that isn’t enough, man also instinctively turns to his god,

If we don’t know the true God – the God of the Bible – before we are in trouble, we may sincerely turn to a false and imaginary god, one of our own making.i. Many people assume that they can put off doing their business with God until they choose a “better” time to do it.

Nevertheless, it is presumptuous to think that in the moment of crisis we will be able to call upon the true God if we have not dealt with Him before.b. Was fast asleep : While the storm raged, Jonah slept. Perhaps because the storm outside seemed insignificant to him in comparison to the storm inside, the storm that came from his resistance against God.i.

What a curious and tragic scene! All the sailors were religious men, devout in their prayers to their gods. Yet their gods were really nothing and could do nothing, There was one man on board who had a relationship with the true God, who knew His word, and who worshiped Him – yet he was asleep! ii.

“Jonah was asleep amid all that confusion and noise; and, O Christian man, for you to be indifferent to all that is going on in such a world as this, for you to be negligent of God’s work in such a time as this is just as strange. The devil alone is making noise enough to wake all the Jonahs if they only want to awake.

All around us there is tumult and storm, yet some professing Christians are able, like Jonah, to go to sleep in the sides of the ship.” (Spurgeon) iii. The nature of Jonah’s sleep is also instructive, and too much like the sleep of the careless Christian: · Jonah slept in a place where he hoped no one would see him or disturb him.

Sleeping Christians” like to “hide out” among the Church. · Jonah slept in a place where he could not help with the work that needed to be done. “Sleeping Christians” stay away from the work of the Lord. · Jonah slept while there was a prayer meeting up on the deck. “Sleeping Christians” don’t like prayer meetings! · Jonah slept and had no idea of the problems around him.

“Sleeping Christians” don’t know what is really going on. · Jonah slept when he was in great danger. “Sleeping Christians” are in danger, but don’t know it. · Jonah slept while the heathen needed him. “Sleeping Christians” snooze on while the world needs their message and testimony.

Iv. Some sleeping Christians protest that they are not asleep at all. · “We talk about Jesus” – but you can talk in your sleep. · “We walk with Jesus” – but you can walk in your sleep. · “We have passion for Jesus – I just wept in worship the other day” – but you can cry in your sleep. · “We have joy and rejoice in Jesus” – but you can laugh in your sleep.

· “We think about Jesus all the time” – but you can think while you are asleep; we call it dreaming,v. Charles Spurgeon described how the believer might know that he is not asleep. “What do you mean by a man’s being really awake? I mean two or three things.

I mean, first, his having a thorough consciousness of the reality of spiritual things. When I speak of a wakeful man, I mean one who does not take the soul to be a fancy, nor heaven to be a fiction, nor hell to be a tale, but who acts among the sons of men as though these were the only substances, and all other things the shadows.

I want men of stern resolution, for no Christian is awake unless he steadfastly determines to serve his God, come fair, come foul.” c. What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God : The captain knew that his crew cried to their gods, but it did nothing.

Asked By: Ralph Moore Date: created: Sep 18 2023

What did the sailors do to calm the sea in Jonah

Answered By: Hayden Edwards Date: created: Sep 20 2023

Jonah 1 1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” 3 But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port.

  1. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.4 Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god.
  2. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.

But Jonah had gone below deck, where he lay down and fell into a deep sleep.6 The captain went to him and said, “How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us, and we will not perish.” 7 Then the sailors said to each other, “Come, let us cast lots to find out who is responsible for this calamity.” They cast lots and the lot fell on Jonah.8 So they asked him, “Tell us, who is responsible for making all this trouble for us? What do you do? Where do you come from? What is your country? From what people are you?” 9 He answered, “I am a Hebrew and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.” 10 This terrified them and they asked, “What have you done?” (They knew he was running away from the LORD, because he had already told them so.) 11 The sea was getting rougher and rougher.

  • So they asked him, “What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?” 12 “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm.
  • I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” 13 Instead, the men did their best to row back to land.
  • But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.14 Then they cried to the LORD, “O LORD, please do not let us die for taking this man’s life.

Do not hold us accountable for killing an innocent man, for you, O LORD, have done as you pleased.” 15 Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.16 At this the men greatly feared the LORD, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows to him.17 But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

Asked By: Justin Bennett Date: created: May 20 2023

Why is it called our wives under the sea

Answered By: Edward Kelly Date: created: May 22 2023

Themes – Aida Edemariam noted themes of “transformation and return” in the novel, calling it “a kind of Orpheus story.” Kirkus Reviews described one of the main questions of the novel as “What happens to a marriage when one spouse is no longer the person you married?” In an interview with Sam Manzella of Them, Armfield said that the novel was in part inspired by a wish to explore the “crossover with queer women’s fiction and the sea,” adding that the ocean is often used to symbolise both “something forbidden” and something that “can be many things at once.” In an interview with Sam Franzini of Our Culture Mag, she stated that the novel was in part “about an anticipation of grief and losing someone,” adding that part of the horror was from “the clanging bureaucracy of not being able to get an answer.”

Asked By: Ethan Torres Date: created: May 23 2023

Who does Mina fall in love with in the girl who fell beneath the sea

Answered By: Thomas Barnes Date: created: May 23 2023

-!SPOILERS!- – Shin and Mina run through the streets, away from the Imugi. Mina and Shin split up and Mina helps people who have been caught in the fire into the canal. On her way back to Lotus House, she wanders into an alley with a shrine. The shrine is dedicated to the Goddess of Moon and Memory uh oh. We’re thrown into the memory, but it’s not about being the Sea God’s bride? We know Mina never wanted to be his bride, she only did it to save Shim Cheong has she just deceived the goddess? The memory is actually from when Mina’s niece passed away after birth. When Kirin goes to cut his palm to heal Namgi in the way he once healed Mina and Dai, Namgi stops him, telling him his wounds can’t be healed so easily this time. Oh Namgi ? Kirin says Namgi is losing his soul and Mina and Kirin quickly get him to the river of souls where Kirin urges Mina to look for Namgi.

  • They find him but Mina notices a huge sea snake coming their way.
  • She does what she does best, and puts herself before all others, grabbing her knife and running away knowing the snakes will follow.
  • She leads them to the Sea God’s palace, where his dragon slays the Imugi.
  • Shin has found Mina and thinks the dragon is going to come for Mina next.

He placing himself between them and shouts that he’ll never let the dragon hurt her! Yaaaaaaas Shin!!! The Sea God interrupts and says his soul would never hurt his bride. IS she your bride though??? He asks Mina if she’ll come with him now that he’s taken his rightful place and stopped the storms. Will she do it? She tells Shin it’s always why she came here. to protect her family. I just want to yell at Mina that she’s important too! She goes with the Sea God. I’m doing a big sad. Once Mina and the Sea God are alone, he tells her there are many things he can’t remember, including his own name. He asks Mina to tell him a story, he tells him the story of Shim Cheong and her father and when she wakes, a new Red String of Fate has formed, this time between herself and the Sea God.

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Mina what have you done??? Mina asks the Sea God if she can visit Cheong and Mina’s own ancestors, he grants her the permission as long as she returns by sundown for them to wed before she becomes a spirit. After she visits Cheong and Hyeri, Mina bumps into Shin, Namgi and Kirin. I’m so glad Namgi is ok! Shin is only here because he promised Mina he would take her to see her ancestors.

I’m so glad he kept his promise! At Spirit House, Mina walks into a room and sees items her family left during ancestral rites, food for her grandfather, fresh flowers for her great-great-grandmother, a cradle for her baby niece that Joon made. They all made it to Spirit House, to Mina’s ancestors.

I feel like I should have seen this coming When Mina’s ancestors walk in, they walk in as Mask, Dai and Miki. Dai chides as always that Mina cries too much, Mask finally removes her mask and her face has a likeness to Mina’s on. Her great-great-grandmother, her grandfather, and her niece. I’m so emotional right now it’s unreal.

THIS is why they were so determined to look out for Mina, at every turn and struggle, from the very beginning! They always knew they were related. When they get to talking about how to save Shim Cheong, Mask tells Mina a wish can be made on the dragon’s pearl, but it’s possible it’s lost. That doesn’t sound hopeful. When Mina leaves and tells Shin, Kirin and Namgi of who her ancestors are, Shin and Kirin aren’t surprised.

  1. Namgi on the other hand is mortified at the things he said to Mask without realising Mask is Mina’s great-great-grandmother.
  2. Arma Namgi! Suddenly Mina’s Red String of Fate is pulled taut, they say she’s becoming a spirit and needs to return to the Sea God immediately.
  3. Before they leave her, Mina tells Shin to wait for her in the garden what is she up to? When Mina sees the Sea God, she holds his hand just as she did with Shin when their Red String of Fate formed, except this time, it’s gone? She tells him she cannot be her bride as she doesn’t love him.

Go Mina! Follow your heart! When Mina returns to Shin, he decides to be honest and tells Mina Red String of Fate or no, he loves her. Awwwww. Mina tells him the Red String of Fate it gone and it’s because she didn’t love the Sea God, she loves Shin and then, she KISSES HIM!!! CHASE THAT FATE MINA! Mina asks Shin to wait for her and goes to meet The Goddess of Moon and Memory.

  • They have a little heart to heart that ends with the goddess showing her what happened to the emperor and the Sea God.
  • The emperor that died many years ago is actually the Sea God Mina knows now, as he lay dying, Shin, the former Sea God came to him and offers him a wish, he wished to live and so Shin gave him his soul to allow him to live on as the Sea God.

Mina comes back to the present day and the goddess says she’s given the Sea God and the emperor their memories back. Before she leaves the goddess, she urges her to consider becoming the Goddess of Women and Children if she wants power, since no one is more beloved than her.

  1. When Mina returns, Namgi and Kirin know Shin is the Sea God, Shin knows too.
  2. Now Mina has to make a wish, a wish that will set everything to rights, but she’ll have to leave.
  3. Shin asks if the place she longs to be is with her family, she tells him to find her in a year and ask again.
  4. Shin says: Wait for me, where the land meets the sea Then Mina makes her wish, and she’s gone.

Back with her family, she tells them all about what happened and how she met their ancestors. Over the coming weeks they see the effects of Mina’s wish, everything is fixed! Mina overhears people talking about the emperor and how he’s back. He has no memories of where he was. There’s a ruckus back at the house, the emperor has come? He asks to be introduced to everyone, but it’s clear he’s really interested in Mina. He asks if she’ll walk with him and then tells Mina he DREAMS of her. The dreams he describe sound exactly like Mina’s time beneath the sea are these memories? The emperor proposes! Oh my god I didn’t expect that Surely Mina will say no? Say no Mina, tell him you love Shin! She tells him she’ll think about it.

  • Good on you Mina! Mina walks to the beach and sits where the land meets the sea, thinking about Shin.
  • The next morning while Mina is in her garden, the Goddess of Moon and Memory appears to her.
  • She tells her Shin came to see her.
  • Despite the fact he should have no memories of Mina, he’s miserable, he can’t be consoled.

Mina putting her faith and belief in the goddess allowed her to believe in herself and now she’s taken up the role of Goddess of Women and Children, she’s loved by all. She hints that she might have given Shin his memories back, and then she’s gone! Later, when they go to the cliffs Mina is contemplating what to do.

Will she marry the emperor or leave and return home? Before she can make her decision a dragon appears in the sky above them and Shin with it. Shin remembers and he’s HERE! I’m so happy! When Shin calls her the Sea God’s bride, the emperor cuts in to disagree. Mina explains to him that his dreams are real, memories.

It helps him to remember everything and he starts to cry, but he lets Mina go. Mina might be leaving her family, but she is returning beneath the sea, to be with Shin and her friends, where she feels she belongs. This is so bittersweet because she loved and is loved by so many! I’m content to know that one day, Mina may see them all again! Make sure you drop all of your thoughts in the comments.

See you very soon for our next readalong!Love,Shannon

: The Girl Who Fell Beneath The Sea Readalong: Day 5!

Asked By: William Robinson Date: created: Nov 18 2023

What is the message of under the sea

Answered By: Malcolm Hayes Date: created: Nov 19 2023

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Under the Sea”
Single by Samuel E. Wright
from the album The Little Mermaid: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released December 13, 1989
Recorded 1988
  • Pop
  • calypso
  • show tune
  • reggae
Length 3 : 16
Label Walt Disney
Composer(s) Alan Menken
Lyricist(s) Howard Ashman
  • Menken
  • Ashman
Licensed audio
“Under the Sea” on YouTube

Under the Sea ” is a song from Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Howard Ashman, It is influenced by the calypso style of the Caribbean which originated in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as reggae, which originated in Jamaica,

The song was performed in the film by Samuel E. Wright, The track won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1989, the first for a Disney film since ” Chim Chim Cher-ee ” from Mary Poppins in 1964. Additionally, the song won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 1991. The song is a plea by the crab Sebastian convincing Ariel to remain sea-bound, and resist her desire to become a human in order to spend her life with Prince Eric, with whom she has fallen in love.

Sebastian warns of the struggles of human life, while at the same time expounding the benefits of a care-free life underwater. However, his plea falls on deaf ears, as Ariel leaves before the end of the song. The song is present throughout all the Walt Disney parks and resorts and the Disney Cruise Line,

What is the summary of the sea?

Book Summary – A luminous novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory. Winner of the 2005 Booker Prize. A luminous novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory. The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife’s death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child—a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her.

  • But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time.
  • The seductive mother; the imperious father; the twins—Chloe, fiery and forthright, and Myles, silent and expressionless—in whose mysterious connection Max became profoundly entangled, each of them a part of the “barely bearable raw immediacy” of his childhood memories.

Interwoven with this story are Morden’s memories of his wife, Anna—of their life together, of her death—and the moments, both significant and mundane, that make up his life now: his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, desperate to pull him from his grief; and with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him “like a second heart.” What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, vividly dramatic, beautifully written novel—among the finest we have had from this extraordinary writer.

Winner of the 2005 Booker Prize. I They departed, the gods, on the day of the strange tide. All morning under a milky sky the waters in the bay had swelled and swelled, rising to unheard-of heights, the small waves creeping over parched sand that for years had known no wetting save for rain and lapping the very bases of the dunes.

The rusted hulk of the freighter that had run aground at the far end of the bay longer ago than any of us could remember must have thought it was being granted a relaunch. I would not swim again, after that day. The seabirds mewled and swooped, unnerved, it seemed, by the spectacle of that vast bowl of water bulging like a blister, lead-blue and malignantly agleam.

What is the meaning of the sea?

: a great body of salt water that covers much of the earth. broadly : the waters of the earth as distinguished from the land and air.b. : a body of salt water of second rank more or less landlocked.

Asked By: Walter Gonzales Date: created: Sep 18 2023

Is The Sea, The Sea worth reading

Answered By: Horace Cooper Date: created: Sep 18 2023

The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch Not having read Iris Murdoch before I did not know what to expect from The Sea, the Sea, What I found was a wonderful, entertaining and engaging novel of expert craftsmanship. While some might want to give it even more credit for its intelligence, its complexity, its greater message; the strength of its storytelling means it can be thoroughly enjoyed without such considerations. Charles Arrowby, a man famous on the London theatre scene, has surprised everyone who knows him by deciding to retire in seclusion. They all expect this late life, eccentric manoeuvre to be short-lived; surely he will miss the glamour and fame of his former lifestyle and abandon his silly retreat.

Charles, though, insists they simply do not know him. He says he was never enthralled with the glitz of life in the theatre. For him it was all about the art form; it was about a pure appreciation for acting, writing and directing. Outside of that, he found the life to be pompous, snobbish and superficial.

He insists he is glad to be rid of all that. How vulgar, how almost cruel it all was; I gloatingly savour now that I am absolutely out of it at last, now that I can sit in the sun and look at the calm quiet sea. For his escape, he has bought a house on the coast, isolated even from the local village.

  1. It is a strange old house with an unattached tower and functionless rooms as well as being drafty, damp, lacking modern conveniences and it sits above a precarious cliff and a tumultuous sea.
  2. Here, Charles hopes to enjoy time alone; a diet of simple, bland food; daily exercise from swimming in the sea; and a bit of nudity! He has also taken to writing.

He writes without an agenda, varying from a journal of his current situation to a memoir of his past life, which provides the first-person narrative of this novel. Of his childhood and adolescence, he writes about his small family, his relationship with his parents and their relationship to each other.

  1. He also writes about the awkwardness between his parents and his uncle and his wife and between him and their son, his cousin James, who is now the only family he has though they are not close.
  2. But mostly he writes about Hartley, his first love from his adolescence, a girl with whom he had an extreme, obsessive and pure love for.

He felt they were destined to be together forever, that nothing could destroy their bond and that she felt the same way he did. Yet, when the returned home from his first year at acting school, Hartley abruptly ended their relationship. Shortly afterwards, her family moved away and he has never seen or heard from her since.

  1. Charles is adamant that the immense heartbreak and betrayal of this experience has had a profound effect on his life.
  2. Can a woman’s ghost, after so many years, open the doors of the heart? Charles, who never married, also shares his thoughts on some of the relationships he has had since then.
  3. There was a long affair with an older woman, a famous actress, when he was still in his twenties.

Behind his back it is often thought he would have never amounted to anything without her help yet he perhaps took their relationship for granted and has since diminished its importance in his life. Charles also ruthlessly seduced the wife of one of his best friends, causing them to end their marriage, before he left her too.

Even now, as he embarks on this new life, he has only recently left another lover, one who is clearly heartbroken and is reaching out to Charles. But rather than simply ending things, he seems to want to torture her with hope for no reason other than to see if he can. Of course, none of this makes Charles look good in the eyes of the reader, though we may appreciate his imperfections and complexity and be charmed by his honesty and storytelling.

As well as past lovers, his cousin, James, flies in and out of his life. Charles has never been able to figure out his cousin. James also never married and lives a solitary life. He took a career in the army and is now a General but otherwise leads a life of mystery.

Charles finds himself wondering if his cousin is gay, or if he is a spy. While he reflects on his past life and immerses himself in enjoying his new one, strange things begin to occur in the house – a vase falls and breaks for no apparent reason, similarly a mirror falls and smashes in the middle of the night.

None of this is as shocking as the discovery that his lost love, Hartley, is living nearby with her husband. All the symptoms of obsessive love come flowing back to Charles. He is convinced that Hartley must still care for him as deeply as he cares for her, that she is trapped in a loveless, abusive marriage and that he must rescue her.

He just needs a plan. Hatred, jealousy, fear and fierce yearning love raged together in my mind. Oh my poor girl, oh my poor dear girl. I felt an agony of protective possessive love, and such a deep pain to think how I had failed to defend her from a lifetime of unhappiness. How I would cherish her, how console and perfectly love her now if only But I still had just enough prudence left to go on thinking.

Fortunately, since he last saw her, Charles has accumulated plenty of experience. He knows how to destroy a marriage, he knows how to make women fall for him. Unfortunately for him, just as he puts a plan into action, his isolation is broken as past friends and lovers, and James, invade his sanctuary.

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What will they make of what Charles is doing? One afternoon, sitting outside his house and enjoying a beautiful sea view in a contemplative mood, Charles finds himself paralysed in fear from the sight of a massive sea monster, an enormous serpent, emerging from the sea and turning menacingly towards him.

Surely, he hallucinated, he thinks. The Sea, the Sea was my first experience of Iris Murdoch’s writing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very engaging with its charming narrator, easy flowing style and absorbing story full of incident. That casual, seamless style fits Charles’ approach to writing his journal, but it is deceptive, hiding complex characterisation and themes that I can only scratch the surface of.

  • When Charles’ has his terrifying ‘hallucination’, an event that may have been fumbled by a lesser writer, I instead felt in safe hands and certain that I was in for a treat.
  • Charles, frankly, is at times diabolical, wicked, manipulative; his plot positively Machiavellian.
  • A writer who has the skill to make us enjoy an otherwise unlikable character is always a pleasure to read.

As enjoyable as all the puzzles pieces were, I did not feel sure I could see the whole picture and I will probably have to reread The Sea, the Sea again some day, which I will do with pleasure. The Sea, the Sea won the 1978 Booker Prize and it reminded me of two other Booker Prize winners; The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (2000 winner) and The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011 winner).

  1. Though it has been a long time since I read The Blind Assassin, I thought of it when reading The Sea, the Sea because they are both written in the first person, with an older narrator looking back on their past life.
  2. There is therefore a strong sense of nostalgia, even of regret.
  3. The narrators of both novels have some of the traits we have come to expect from contemporary literature.

Namely of charming us to overlook their less than admirable qualities while telling a story that maintains a strong interest in the reader even if they can’t trust it as reliable. It has only just now occurred to me that really I could write all sorts of fantastic nonsense about my life in these memoirs and everybody would believe it! Such is human credulity, the power of the printed word, and of any well-known ‘name’ or ‘show business personality’.

  • Even if readers claim that they ‘take it all with a grain of salt’, they do not really.
  • They yearn to believe, and they believe, because believing is easier than disbelieving, and because anything which is written down is likely to be ‘true in a way’.
  • Another thing I thought The Sea, the Sea has in common with The Blind Assassin is that it is difficult to say much about their polts.

If you were to introduce the plot to a friend, without spoilers, they might be tempted to say, ‘is that it?’, and feeling the weight of these 550-650 page novels would wonder why does it take the author so long to tell that story. Both of these novels have much else going on – anecdotes, sub-plots, asides, observations, thoughts, analyses – of the main character that are difficult to describe.

  • We’ve all suffered through fiction with overly long descriptive pieces but that is not what is going on here.
  • The enjoyment of these novels is as much due to these anecdotal asides as the main story and it is owing to the skill and genius of these writers that we are engaged and amused throughout these long books.

In The Sea, the Sea, there is always something crucial happening. As someone who mostly reads literary fiction, it was a rare pleasure to read something this exciting. Murdoch never lets the reader feel safe in placing their bookmark; the reader, like the main character, feels the proximity of the cliff throughout.

The Sense of an Ending is also the story of an older protagonist, whose past behaviour is questionable, whose recollection is either a purposeful or unintentional misrepresentation. But it is a much shorter novel, a novella really. Some fans of it have praised Barnes for achieving in a short novel what other writers take much longer to accomplish.

I disagree. When I read, I found myself asking, like my imagined friend, ‘is that it?’, and was sure that I had misunderstood it. But I hadn’t, there just wasn’t much to it. Reading The Sea, the Sea and seeing the contrast with The Sense of an Ending helped me better understand why I am not a fan of the latter.

  • Given the choice I much prefer the complex, full-bodied, journey to the simple, lean, recess.
  • When done with skill, more is more.
  • And that is not so say that I understood the meaning of all else that was going on, just that I enjoyed reading it nevertheless.
  • Clearly, with characters from the world of theatre, Murdoch has scope for making many allusions to plays and other literature.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest is an obvious one with Charles as Prospero; living reclusively in a strange house near the sea; full of vengeful, obsessive and scheming traits waiting to be unleashed. But I am not knowledgeable enough about The Tempest or whatever else is being alluded to comment.

  1. I had wakened some sleeping demon, set going some deadly machine; and what would be would be.
  2. The Vintage Classics edition that I read includes an introduction by John Burnside in which he shares a perspective of the novel being about a thirst for spirituality in the modern West as exemplified by things like the New Age movement of the time of writing.

Charles abandons his superficial, materialist life in the London theatre scene for seclusion, simple living and nature. My reaction to this was one of incredulity. To me the novel was mostly about relationships and marriage, love and obsession; about the inability to be objective about our own feelings and actions especially if they don’t do us credit; about the inability to really know other people, the inside of their marriages and the tendency to invent personas for them and ourselves.

But as Burnside goes on, comparing Charles’ experience in the novel to that of Tibetan Buddhist mystic Milarepa, I had to admit that it is likely that my understanding of the deeper layers of this novel is probably poor at best. This is, after all, the first Murdoch novel I have read and while I was aware of her philosophical interest, especially with French existentialism, I did not ask myself whether this came through in this novel.

Normally, ignorance of such ingredients would irritate and enchant me, but in this case I am not worried. The Sea, the Sea is unpretentious and simply a good story expertly told. We’ve all read novels where the story has little going for them and the point of the novel comes down to the power of their themes.

The Sea, the Sea is at the other end of the spectrum; a novel whose story is so entertaining, the reader can thoroughly enjoy it without being overly concerned about hidden themes. The Sea, the Sea is a beautiful, complex, ironic novel, which confronts our major demons: fear, jealousy, vanity, envy, the pain and confusion of misplaced love, and the impulse to violent action, whether on the battlefield, or in the privacy of the home.

– John Burnside : The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch

Why does Joana feel guilty?

Joana – Joana is a “pretty” Lithuanian refugee, and, at just twenty-one, she has four years training as a surgical assistant in a German hospital. She has both witnessed and experienced first-hand the hardships of war on the human body and psyche. Joanna is haunted by her conscience, which is largely what motivates her to help others.

  1. She begins the novel with the words “Guilt is a hunter”(1) and later she tells Florian, “I am a murderer” because she feels responsible for the death of her cousin’s family.
  2. Joana is the group’s natural leader, yet she must undergo transformation in order to evolve into a mature adult.
  3. She does this at rapid-fire pace.

The first turning point in Joana’s growth process occurs when she finally tells Florian the story of her cousin’s family’s deportation to Siberia and likely death. Because Joana left a detailed letter for her cousin with her housekeeper when she left Lithuania, she unintentionally directed the Russians to her cousin’s home and feels responsible for their tragic demise. Related Titles By Ruta Sepetys Featured Collections

Asked By: Alan Turner Date: created: Jul 07 2023

Who is the blind girl in Salt to the Sea

Answered By: Lewis Roberts Date: created: Jul 10 2023

“Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys Ruta Sepetys writes books for teens and adults about “hidden chapters of history.” That perfectly describes her latest, “Salt to the Sea” (Philomel 2016). Set in Germany at the end of World War II, citizens flee Germany, while Russian forces invade from the east, Allied forces approach from the west, and bombs occasionally rain down from above.

On top of that, the refugees are fighting a severe winter. Each character has his own pain, which is uncovered gradually throughout their flight toward (what the reader knows is) a doomed evacuating ship. The narration is shared by four teenagers, three of whom are refugees. Joana, a lonely Lithuanian nurse, is burdened with guilt.

Florian, a secretive Prussian boy, worked under Nazi patronage, restoring art. Emilia is a pregnant Polish girl. Then there is a blind girl, Ingrid, who senses approaching danger; an older man they call the Shoe Poet, due to his philosophical pronouncements about life; and a six year old orphan boy who has wandered alone until he meets the group.

There is tall Eva, “a giantess” who complains about everything. The fourth narrator, a young Nazi soldier, Alfred, prepares the ship, the Gustloff, for the rescue mission. Alfred composes a love letter to Hannelore, describing his grandeur and power, when he is interrupted by an officer who orders him to swab out the toilets.

The author expertly unfolds the mystery of this boy with delusions of grandeur. We see him building power, building danger, just one of the many threads that pull us along this breathtaking story. The refugees spend nights in barns, huddled together. They find a deserted mansion one night, but the windows are smashed out.

  1. They discover evidence of a grizzly incident that has unfolded upstairs, forcing them to move on quickly.
  2. A passage of ocean inlet must be crossed at night when the severe cold freezes it over.
  3. As they walk, Emilia describes, “The ice ached and groaned, like old bones carrying too many years, brittle and threatening to snap at any moment.” Who will survive and who will not? We wonder what precious art item Florian is harboring and why.

What has Joana done to feel such guilt? The two are falling in love, but they hold such deep secrets. Is the father of Emilia’s baby really her boyfriend? The group arrives and finds the German harbor in chaos. Thousands of refugees need passage, but wounded soldiers are boarded first and one’s passage must be finagled.

A nurse, a young boy who needs his “grandfather,” and a pregnant girl might manage. But the pregnant girl is Polish. A boy who can forge his papers might get on. Those who board have more tragedy to endure. The Gustloff is torpedoed and goes down fast. Whereas the book is fiction, the incidents are real.

Nine thousand out of the ten thousand people crammed on the boat meant for two thousand, perished. Many were children. This is a great read for young adults as well as adults. Patricia Hruby Powell’s book Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker was awarded a Sibert Honor for Nonfiction, Boston Globe Horn Book Nonfiction Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor for illustration.

Asked By: Thomas Peterson Date: created: Jan 19 2024

Does Emilia have a boy or girl in Salt to the Sea

Answered By: Abraham Perry Date: created: Jan 19 2024

Overview – Salt to the Sea,a young adult novel set during World War II,begins in January 1945, as the Third Reich is beginning to collapse. The Russians are gaining ground in East Prussia where Operation Hannibal, the largest evacuation by sea in history, is underway.Thousands of terrified refugees from the Baltic regionare migrating to the port of Gotenhafen, Prussia (now Gydnia, Poland) to escape the encroaching Russians.

There, they plan to board the Wilhelm Gustloff, a massive ship owned by the Germans. Joana, a twenty-one-year-old Lithuanian woman, along with other refugees, trudges along an icy road. The group of survivors includes an orphaned six-year-old boy; a kindly, old cobbler, lovingly called the “shoe poet”; Ingrid, an intuitive blind girl; and Eva, a “giant” woman.

Emilia, a fifteen-year-old Polish girl, hides in an abandoned cellar where Florian, a wounded young Prussian, saves her from a Russian soldier. Prior, Florian has apprenticed in art restoration under the supervision of Dr. Lange, who is assisting Hitler in hiding priceless, stolen works of art in a museum in the Prussian city of Konigsberg.

Florian’s talents as an artist grow, as does his admiration for Dr. Lange. While attending further training, he corresponds with Lange through letters. Later, he discovers these letters have never been read, and comes to realize Lange is using him in service of the Nazi regime, as Florian’s father has said he would.

After Florian shoots the solider, Emilia, who is eight months pregnant, attaches herself to him, although Florian would prefer to travel alone. Meanwhile, at the port of Gotenhafen, seventeen-year-old Alfred, an arrogant German solider assigned to work on the Gustloff, hides in a supply closet.

  • He grossly exaggerates his status in the German army in imaginary letters to his former next-door neighbors.
  • In spite of their different backgrounds, Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred have one thing in common: they all harbor secrets that continue to weigh on their daily lives.
  • One night, Joana’s group coincidentally encounters Florian and Emilia in an abandoned barn.

Florian initially tries to reject the others, sneaking out early the next morning, though Emilia follows. Florian and Emilia meet up with the others again at an abandoned mansion. Their various secrets begin to emerge: Emilia’s pregnancy is exposed; Florian, a restoration artist, is running from Hitler; Joana is “a murderer” (42).

En route to Gotenhafen, Florian uses a forged SS courier pass to clear a checkpoint, denying association with the others. Florian disappears while the others sleep in a nearby cathedral to wait for the ice to freeze on the lagoon they must cross. The next morning Ingrid uses her heightened senses to test the ice on the frozen lagoon.

Shots are fired, and Ingrid falls through a hole in the ice and drowns. Florian appears and saves Joana from Ingrid’s fate. The group encounters Alfred in Gotenhafen. He helps them get boarding passes on the Wilhelm Gustloff, Eva leaves to board the Hansa, a ship that makes it to the German port of Kiel, where the thousands of evacuees are headed.

  1. Joana and Florian’s connection deepens; Emilia, Joana, Florian, the little boy, and the shoe poetgrow close.
  2. Emilia’s baby is born aboard the Gustloff and is recognized as a miracle.
  3. When the ship is struck by Soviet missiles, Emilia heroically saves her newborn, the little boy, andAlfred.
  4. Joana and Florian end up in a raft together with the children.

Emilia and Alfred are in a separate raft. The shoe poet drowns. While Joana and Florian are rescued, Alfred becomes psychotic and attacks Emilia. Emilia tries to help him, but Alfred recoils and falls from the raft to a miserable death in the freezing water.

Joana and Florian get married, raising Emilia’s baby and the little boy. The novel ends on a bittersweet note when Florian, twenty-three years later, reads a letter from a woman who discovered Emilia’s raft on her beach in Denmark a month after the ship sank. She offers comfort and assures Florian that his “savior” is at peace, buried under a bed of roses.

Salt to the Sea is a coming of age story in which the four main protagonists both make and resist the journey to adulthood in a world characterized by war and trauma. As the characters grapple with the obstacles in their past and present circumstances, the novel explores themes related to redefining family and overcoming the past by telling the truth. Related Titles By Ruta Sepetys Featured Collections