Sky Fisherman Essay

1183 words - 5 pages

In Craig Lesley’s novel The Sky Fisherman, he illustrates the full desire of direction and the constant flow of life. A boy experiences a chain of life changing series of events that cause him to mature faster than a boy should. Death is an obstacle that can break down any man, a crucial role in the circle of life. It’s something that builds up your past and no direction for your future. No matter how hard life got, Culver fought through the pain and came out as a different person. Physical pain gives experience, emotional pain makes men.

“I envied the people in the train because they seemed to be going somewhere” (Lesley,7).
Culver has always dreamt and hoped of a place to call home or a place to be. As he observes the people on the train, he has no choice but to envy them because of their opportunity. A fire builds up in his heart and shapes his personality. In the book The Good Earth, Wang Lung envies the people with their wealth and opportunities. Culver experiences, as both men strived for something more than they had. Culver will always strive for a place to call home, giving him a fire. “As always, we started out hopeful, but as we traveled.. a pall fell over our little band” (4). Culver has experienced a life of struggle falling into a routine of hope that turns into sadness. He tries to put a positive spin on change, but in the end fails, and loses hope as they travel. His background and personality is formed by his experiences of moving affecting him for the worse. Culvers personality and situation resembles an orphan, both constantly on the move and lose their hope over time. The older they get, the more they move and the less hope they have. If he can never live in one place he will become hopeless and his family will suffer.

Culver thinks deeply to himself, “I don't believe Jake saw my father’s face in the window or that my father’s hand reached out of the chill water to pull Jake in. My uncle was in the wrong place” (302). Culver follows all of Jakes personality traits and beliefs, refusing to believe in spirits or the yin and yang of life. He masks his pain with reality and In his mind Jake died because of an unfortunate situation. Culver never fully understands these events or his own life. As Lennie looked up to George in life he copied his emotions, beliefs, and point of view on life. Culver looked up to Jake in this same way as if he were a hero. Jake believed in no spiritual way of life like the indians did or superstitions created by the fisherman. He never fully reaches the meaning of his life or direction, only knowing that the river had given him a place to start. Whether it was fate or just life, he was never sure what to believe, only knowing the true reality of loss.“While the other players huddle heads down to concentrate on the coach’s instructions, Kalim’s staring at whatever’s coming toward him. And now I realize what he sees - restless horses on a snowblind road, a slick black stump, with tangled roots...

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