Some of the most intriguing stories of today are about people's adventures at sea and the thrill and treachery of living through its perilous storms and disasters. Two very popular selections about the sea and its terrors are The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and "The Wreck of the Hesperus" by Henry Longfellow. Comparison between the two works determines that "The Wreck of the Hesperus" tells a more powerful sea-disaster story for several different reasons. The poem is more descriptive and suspenseful than The Perfect Storm, and it also plays on a very powerful tool to captivate the reader's emotion. These key aspects combine to give the reader something tangible that allows them to relate to the story being told and affects them strongly. A common person's knowledge about sea disasters comes from what they have read in books and articles, and what they see on TV and in movies. The average person does not get to experience the fury of a hurricane while on a boat. In order to capture the audience's attention, consideration to details and vivid descriptions are needed to paint a realistic picture in their minds. For this reason, the stories have to provide all of the intricate details. In The Perfect Storm, the story starts out with a radio call, not a dramatic scene that immediately foreshadows the possibility of danger. Rather than describing the storm and its fury, the only mention of the setting is of the visibility and the height of waves. However, in "The Wreck of the Hesperus", the poem begins by stating there is a hurricane possible right away. The current weather conditions are pointed out to the reader as shown in the following quote.
"Colder and louder blew the wind,
A gale from the Northeast,
The snow fell hissing in the brine,
And the billows frothed like yeast."
The realistic adjectives paint a picture that the average person can relate to and understand. As shown...
...that The PerfectStorm is a better that "The Wreck of the Hesperus", because
the action was more intense, the writer explained the characters more, and the story was
longer. A strength of "The Wreck of the Hesperus" is that the poem had good form.
Another strength is that it was short. A strength of the poem is that is was pretty
suspenseful, but not as suspenseful as The PerfectStorm. A weakness of "The Wreck of
the Hesperus" was that the poem was a little hard to understand because it was written
back in the 1800s. Another weakness is that the poem wasn't to informative of what
kind of damage the storm was causing to the Hesperus. A strength of The PerfectStorm
is that characters were explained a lot. Another strength is that the author told us a lot of
details about what the storm was doing too the ship and the Avon crew. Also, another
strength is that the story is longer than the poem. A weakness is that the writer talked
about Moore too much. Another weakness is that the writer didn't really say where
the storm took place. Also, another weakness is that the names of the boats were a little
confusing because the writer switched between them to fast.
Characters in "The Wreck of the...
...Contrast: The PerfectStorm & The Wreck of the Hesperus
I’m sure you all have read these two writings, or at least heard of them. These stories sound like they would be very alike because they are both about ocean storms, and somewhat tragedy. These stories may seem like they have a lot in common, but they don’t. I’m going to compare these subjects in the two writings, the two captain’s attitudes, the theme, and the time period between these two.
In the two writings, both of the captains thought that they could brave out the storm and will survive. Although, in the writing The Wreck of the Hesperus, the captain says that they can brave it out but they end up freezing to death and losing his daughter and all of his crew members. The captain would say things like, “I pray thee, put into yonder port, for I fear a hurricane.” Which basically means he hopes he gets through the storm. In the writing The PerfectStorm, they enter the crew and captain enter the storm and they get rescued, however the captain does not want to leave his ship because he knows if he leaves it he will never see it again. This is a good subject because they are so the same, but very different.
Another subject I would like to talk about is what these two writings are based on. This is more of a contrast. In The Wreck...
...Peanut butter and tuna fish; some things are not meant to be together. In his book, The PerfectStorm, Sebastian Junger tries to write both as a journalist and as the narrator of separate stories about a sword fishing boat, a three person sailboat, and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter stuck in the middle of colliding weather systems. While his skill in each style individually is exceptional, the way he switches between the two interrupts his flow and the contrasting styles do not fit together well. Junger combines styles as an attempt to broaden his audience and to keep the writer interested, but for me, he was unsuccessful. While he tries to appeal to the reader through the three forms of rhetoric, (pathos, logos, and ethos) his desire to also tell parts of the story as a narrator and to connect the reader to the characters did not blend well with other sections of the book.
Constantly throughout his book, Junger switches between telling the story factually as a journalist, and as a characterizing narrator, which destroys his flow. In the beginning of his book he utilizes characterization to connect the reader to the fishermen and townspeople. “She’s a tall blonde who inspires crushes in the teenaged sons of some of her friends,” describes Junger, “but there’s a certain no-nonsense air about her that has always kept Bobby on his toes” (7). The way Junger describes Christina, Bobby Shatford’s girlfriend, sounds as if he knew her at the time. This use...
...Severe Weather Analysis
Due: March 25, 2010
Using data from the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NCEP/NCAR (National Centers for Environmental Prediction/National Center for Atmospheric Research) and any other peripheral sources, please provide a discussion and analysis of the severe weather events surrounding the loss of the Andrea Gail and rescue of the Satori as presented in the book, ThePerfectStorm, by Sebastian Junger.
You are given the following clues:
1. Dates: 27 October 1991 – 1 November 1991
2. General location: North Atlantic Ocean, latitude/longitude coordinates from text
3. Events as portrayed in the novel.
4. The NOAA special storm report for this event (below)
From these initial data points, use maps, the library, the internet and your knowledge to develop a more fully synthesized description and explanation of weather events as they relate to the events experienced by the crew of the Andrea Gail, Coast Guard and yacht Satori.
NOAA page for the “PerfectStorm”
The following websites will be useful to develop maps.
To characterize the storm and its development, and to relate...
...Case – 1 - A perfect response to an Imperfect storm
Twelve days. That’s how long it took for Mississippi power to restore electric power to the heavily damaged
areas of southern Mississippi after hurricane Katrina slammed into the Mississippi gulf coast on august 29,
2005, with 145-mph winds and pounding rain. That’s remarkable, given the devastation that news photos
and television newscasts so graphically displayed. It’s something that even the federal and state
governments could not accomplish. How bad was the damage company employees dealt with? One hundred
percent of the company’s customers were without power. Sixty-five percent of its transmission and
distribution facilities were destroyed. And yet, this organization of 1,250 employees did what it had to do,
despite the horrible circumstances and despite the fact that more than half of its employees suffered
substantial damage to their own homes. It speaks volumes about the cultural climate that the managers of
Mississippi power had created.
As a corporate subsidiary of utility holding company southern company, Mississippi power provides
electric services to more than 190,000 customers in the Magnolia state. When Hurricane Katrina turned
toward Mississippi. Managers at Mississippi power swung into action with a swift and ambitious disaster
plan. After Katrina land fall, Mississippi power management team responded,” with a style designed for
speed and flexibility, forget...
...Book 'The PerfectStorm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea'
Author Sebastian Junger
Country United States
Subject Andrea Gail, 1991 PerfectStorm, shipwrecks
Genre Creative nonfiction
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date May 17, 1997
Media type dvd and cd
Pages xii, 227
ISBN ISBN 0-393-04016-X
OCLC Number 35397863
Dewey Decimal 974.4/5
LC Classification QC945 .J66 1997
ThePerfectStorm is a creative nonfiction book written by Sebastian Junger and published by W. W. Norton & Company in 1997. The paperback edition (ISBN 0-06-097747-7) followed in 1999 from HarperCollins' Perennial imprint. The book is about the 1991 PerfectStorm that hit North America between October 28 and November 4, 1991, and features the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail, from Gloucester, Massachusetts, who were lost at sea during severe conditions while longline fishing for swordfish 575 miles (925 km) out. Also in the book is the story about the rescue of the three-person crew of the sailboat Satori in the Atlantic Ocean during the storm by the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa (WMEC-166).
The book was adapted for the film of the same title, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and released in 2000. The Satori is renamed Mistral in the movie, and the since-retired USCGC Tamaroa is portrayed by a newer, 210-foot...
...The PerfectStorm, written by Sebastian Junger, is a novel about a six-man crew on a commercial fishing boat called the ""Andrea Gail"". It takes place in October of 1991. The crew of the "Andrea Gail" leaves from Gloucester Massachusetts on a sword fishing expedition. They fish from Georges Bank, which is off the coast of Massachusetts, to The Grand Banks, located off the coast of Newfoundland. They also travel to the Flemish Cap which is located in almost the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. On their way back home, they encounter a freak storm that consisted of a hurricane, a low coming from over the great lakes, and a cold front coming from the Canadian Shield. This is now known as the "PerfectStorm."Georges Bank, 1896In this chapter a mackerel schooner found a bottle with a note in it. The note was a goodbye letter to anyone who found it. It told about how the crew struggled but everyone knew it was the end. Also a ship named "The Falcon" set sail one year earlier and never came back.
Gloucester, Mass., 1991In this chapter you start to meet the majority of the characters. The first one you meet is Bobby Shatford. He has recently got divorced and is now with a girl named Christina Cotter. He has just accepted a job on the "Andrea Gail" because he has a chance that he will make $5,000 dollars in one month. He needs the money to pay off child support. Some other characters that are introduced are...
...The PerfectStorm by Sebastian Junger is a fascinating book that should stay in the curriculum. The book provides a highly detailed account of a storm that places readers in the center of the storm. Though the descriptions of fishing procedures and equipment are often confusing, they are a vital part of the plot. Without these details, readers would not be able to picture the dangers of the storm the way Junger wanted them to.
The book is riveting, but never melodramatic. There is just enough tension in the conflict between man and nature to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Junger never tries to saturate his readers with so much emotion that they roll their eyes in disgust. He makes the fear and desperation realistic and believable. Often it is so genuine that it is hard to put the book down.
Junger achieves a delicate balance between the factual and fictional elements of the story. The front cover immediately lets readers know that The PerfectStorm is a true story. Junger’s characters are extremely well developed. It becomes unimportant whether or not Junger may have exaggerated a little about a character’s experiences. Readers sympathize with Christina Cotter and fear for Bobby Shatford. The thoughts and emotions of every character are stunningly real.
The book does not neglect to include the women who fish. Linda Greenlaw is the...