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The Sky Fisherman Essay

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The Sky Fisherman by Craig Lesley is a story about a boy learning about life’s way of balancing out. Culver and his mother, Flora, moved to the small town of Gateway, for a fresh start from their troubling past. Culver will witness the effects of guilt and repayment of debt on his Uncle as he tries to balance out the community of Gateway. Guilt and debt encourage people to make unwise decisions in favor of those who they are repaying. Their goal is to make things even and fair. Life balances out.
Life has a way of evening out and making situations fair. When Culver witnessed Tyler and Seaweed plunge to their deaths, Culver thought, “The full reality of the fire’s danger had hit, the sheer craziness of it. Here was this inferno at the mill and along the cold deck, but no one had been killed or blown sky-high on the fuel tanks. However, on the co-op roof, by all appearances a relatively safe place, two men had plunged to their deaths.”(Lesley 159). During the mill fire, two men ended up losing their lives. The people who had set the fire are not only responsible for the destruction of the mill, but also for the deaths of two men. Chain reactions happen to many people in real life. They may do something that will affect other people. For example, when someone is driving and they go the wrong way on a one-way street, they could hit someone else. If they did, then that person would be harmed and they could get sued. Chain reactions have a way of evening out. Later in the book, when Billyum was talking with the back-room boys, he said, “’Found a burned-out vehicle—way back in the woods... Two dead guys in it. Big elk in back. All of them black as charburgers.’… ‘Any idea who they were?’ ‘Burned too bad to tell. But my guess is they’ll wind up those guys from town Grady wanted to find.’”(211). They have found two guys who had also died in a fire. Their car accident was the chain reaction they set off, evening out. Meeks and his friend had done a horrible thing, then walked away like nothing had happened. Karma got back at them, causing them to pay their debt. Karma makes sure people suffer from the same evil they did to others. People are always affected by Karma. While they were talking about the burned-out vehicle, Buzzy asked Billyum, “’Didn’t I tell you about that vehicle almost a month ago?… How come you waited so long to send somebody out?’ Buzzy asked. ‘I was shorthanded. Everyone wants vacation time to go hunting. Anyway, like Gab says, lots of wrecked vehicles on the rez.’”(212). Billyum was trying to make up an excuse so the back-room boys would stop asking questions. He was trying to hide the fact that Jake and himself had set the truck on fire, then left them there for a few months to get rid of the evidence. They were making sure Tyler and Seaweed got justice for being killed in the mill fire that Meeks and his friend had set. Everyone has someone who will watch over them to make sure everything is even. In court, the judge will sentence...

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