Style

Symbolism

The Danish wreck, the Dinesen is regularly referred to throughout the story. The Dinesen symbolises Captain Stevens. When the Dinesen is first described, it is poised high and dry among the rocks, masts and funnel and wheel-house intact, not a scratch on her. This represents that Captain Stevens was once proud and upstanding.

However, the Dinesen is looted, signaling how Captain Stevens’ life is overcome by his sadness and alcoholism. As the Captain’s condition deteriorates the condition of the Dinesen declines too:

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She looked now for the first time like some utterly helpless thing, and the mast sagged from the deck like a broken lamb.

When Captain Stevens dies, we discover:

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The Dinesen had completely disintegrated. Nothing remained but her hull, a hollow cave for the sea, and the next storm would strew the beach with boards and leave only a skeleton among the rocks.

Language

In The Eye of the Hurricane, the language employed by each character often displays their respective outlooks. For example, Captain Stevens’ speech contains naval metaphors and references to the sea: the best way you can help the voyage, Barclay, is just to do what I say. I’m the skipper of the ship. Barclay often employs religious imagery, again consolidating his outlook on life. I was concerned that the soul of that brave heart-broken man should have secure anchorage at last, somewhere.

First-Person Narrative

Like in A Time to Keep, first-person narrative is used in The Eye of the Hurricane. Barclay, like Bill, is somewhat of an outsider amongst the community. Therefore, while there may be some individual examples bias, we should still get a largely reliable, holistic picture of the community.

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