Analytical Essay "Sea Story"

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Assignment A - Analytical essay
The short story “Sea Story” is written by A.S Byatt in 2013. A tale of one man’s lost love, a comment on today’s carelessness concerning our nature and the adventure of one single bottle’s contribute towards environmental disaster.
In the very first sentence of the story, the reader is introduced to the main character, a man born by the sea. The writer makes it obvious from the very start that nature – or more specific, water, is an important theme throughout the story. The first part of the story gives a brief summery of this man’s life and character, a characterization defined by the ocean to such degree that the man almost becomes the body of water himself “his mother’s birth pangs began when she was walking by the shoreline […] He was born in […] a fishing town […] His father was an oceanographer […] His mother […] wrote poems about water and weather…”.
Momentarily, the reader might get an impression of the man being in love with the ocean, but many things would argue against that. Rather than loving the ocean as something tangible, he is more concerned with the abstract aspect of it. An aspect that especially comes across through literature and poetry, why he followed “his mother to study English literature, and to teach.” The main character creates a distance between himself and the ocean by making it intangible, making the water something dangerous and “inhuman”.
When he falls in love he is immediately shocked, making the reader certain that he has not felt an emotion of such power yet. It becomes apparent in this part of the story that he treats this foreign and unexplored love, just like with the water. It is with trepidation and awe he looks upon her, much like he does with water. “…courage was required to greet her…”
His reverence towards water is a stark contrast towards, the “real” love his love has towards the…...

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