Descriptive Essay : ' The Wind '

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The opening to this passage appears very therapeutic as befitting with the imagery of the lulling ocean: “the wind was nearly calm, and being bound down the river, the only thing for it was to come to and wait for the turn of the tide.” The calm and peacefulness is reflected in the behaviour of the ship crew as they appear to be very relaxed: “We felt meditative, and fit for nothing but passive staring. The day was ending in a serenity of still and exquisite brilliance. The water shone pacifically… and draping the low shores in diaphanous folds.” This sense of tranquil is quickly overshadowed with the subtle foreboding and suggestion that it is merely the calm before the storm: “only the gloom to the west, brooding over the upper reaches, became more sombre every minute, as if angered by the approach of the Sun.” this suggests that the darkness is imminent and will easily over-empower the light that keeps the keeps the chaos at bay. The idea of the calm before the storm also fits in nicely with the imagery and narrative of the extract as it is clear that it takes place on a ship that is anchored and in potential danger from any turn in the weather. This immediate sense of foreboding within the opening of the novel suggests that later on in the narrative the darkness might overpower the light and take over to create chaos from natural harmony.
This idea of the calm before the storm is actually reiterated within the structure of the opening itself. The first couple of pages…

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