Sea Story Essay

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Sea Story
The short story Sea Story is written by A.S. Byatt in 2013. It is a story about the young Harold, who has a very significant relation to the nature especially to the sea. He falls in love with the beautiful woman Laura, but he does not reveal his love to her. Laura is leaving to study abroad and Harold is having a hard time without her, so he writes her a love letter in a bottle message, but the bottle does not get to the intended destination without being broken by the sea.
In this essay I will focus on the writer’s use of literary quotations, and which connection it has to the main character. Furthermore I will focus on the role of the nature in the short story and also a characterization of the main character.
The story
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The mother has a special relation to the sea, and Harold inherits this relation. Both of them are fascinated by the roar from the ocean and the sing from the wind, because these sounds make them feel carefree and alone in a good way where no one can interrupt them. The fact that the ocean is more powerful than the human also fascinates Harold, which is also why he chooses to let the ocean lead his love letter to Laura when she is in the Caribbean. Harold believes that the ocean will bring him luck and therefore he throws a message to his love into the sea. Harold and Laura also meet each other for the first time while Harold is fishing and Laura is swimming in the sea. The ocean, as a part of the nature, is therefore very significant in the story.
Harold starts studying English literature at Oxford, but he is affected by having lived at the sea the most of his life. It is hard for him to be away from the coast and his mind is described as The space inside his skull was composed of an almost abstract form – the sweep of sand, the black protuberance of the Brigg… (page 1, line 30-31). His mind is signified the inhuman (page 1, line 32), which is the opposite of the way things are at Oxford, where everything is structured and man-made. Harold does not really fit into the study environment, he feels more at home by the sea. He falls really much in love with the beautiful Laura, who
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