Because the tale is told via a symbolic literary lens, every item and action can be interpreted as a symbol or metaphor. The single-person mimosa wood boat that the father gets is literally a boat for him to sail down the river on forever, but it may also be viewed symbolically as a coffin. The son's reaction of anger when he finds out his father is going to sell the boat shows that they are not really getting along. Finally, the fact that the father sells the boat shows that even though they aren't fighting, they still need money to live.
In conclusion, the story tells us that even though boats are useful, they can also be a burden because they require constant care and feeding.
The boat represents a trip, a journey through life. The boat quickly transports you into the underwater depths. The boat might represent a spiritual journey on the sea of life; staying on an island will not get you anywhere. A boat without a pilot may also imply that God directs the soul's voyage. However, it can also mean that the soul is responsible for its own fate.
Boat - means travel, expedition, or conveyance. A boat is something that carries someone or something from one place to another. In this case, the boat represents a journey through life.
Water - means change, mutation. Water can wash away everything from land to ice. It can be destructive as well as beneficial. Water can also mean renewal.
Sea - means trouble, distress. The sea is dangerous, so only brave souls should go swimming in it. However, the sea has a way of taking care of things, so that by the time it returns, it's transformed into paradise. Sea can also mean adventure, discovery.
Island - means separation, solitude.
A voyage, a passage, adventure, and discovery are all represented by the boat. It also represents femininity and the "sheltering element of the Great Mother" (Cooper, 1978). The mother's womb is referred to in literature as the rediscovered cradle. This is because ancient peoples believed that when a woman gave birth for the first time her womb would be destroyed unless she preserved it by stuffing it with grass or herbs. Only when this danger had been escaped could she bear children again.
In Chinese culture, the boat is associated with good fortune and success in business. It is said that if you see your dream coming true, it is because you are on a boat sailing toward it.
The boat has many other meanings too. It can represent life itself. No one can say where they will sail after death. Perhaps we will meet again someday under different circumstances.
Or maybe not... but anyway, it's good to dream!
Nowadays, the boat is still a very important means of transportation as well as a way to leave home and start new adventures. Many people today use boats as their main source of income by selling fish or seaweed at markets or tourists' sites.
In conclusion, the boat represents new beginnings, adventures, freedom, and dreams come true.
A boat docked in a harbor serves as the poem's metaphor. This emblem reflects a man called George Gray's life. The boat represents George Gray's quest for purpose in his life. Sorrow is represented as a person knocking on George Gray's door to meet him. This shows that sorrow can sometimes be beneficial, because it makes us aware that there are more important things in life than pleasure.
Sorrow also represents an end to George Gray's quest, since he no longer needs to look for purpose in life. But then misfortune strikes and the boat sinks with all its cargo worth millions of pounds. This implies that even after finding purpose in life, we must still keep searching to find true happiness.
Finally, the boat's crew consists of poets who sing songs of joy and lamentation. These poems describe how people have been affected by George Gray's life. The time before him has been happy, while the time after him will be sad. This shows that history repeats itself and that nothing new can ever happen.
History repeats itself because people always need something to live for, and if they don't find it now, they will later on when reality sets in.
People also need friends to help them through difficult times, which is why the crew includes both poets who sing songs of joy and lamentation. Friends can make you feel good about yourself, while lamenting with you over your lost love.