Symbolism In The Snow Goose

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The role played by the Little Ships during the Operation Dynamo has been heavily mythicized by contemporary accounts of Dunkirk. For instance, a heading in The Times from June 4, 1940 referred to the civilian vessels at Dunkirk as a “Magnificent Spirit”. Furthermore, the column noted how “Fishermen, yachtsmen, yacht-builders, yacht clubs, river boatmen” responded in Britain's time of need and how the civilian sailors “manned their craft with volunteer crews and rushed them to the assembly point”. Similarly, another piece from The Times helped illustrate a sense of mass, spontaneous civilian participation by making reference to how the only complaints people had about volunteering their vessels Dunkirk “came from boat-owners who could not get themselves onboard in time to go to their boats”. Newspapers publishing articles such as the two noted above helped form the public conception of the Little Ships as a mass armada of selfless volunteers who helped rescue countless Allied troops and delivered them to British coastal ports. The pinnacle of this fantasifull narrative was Paul Gallico's short story, The Snow Goose, published in The Saturday Evening Post. Within said novella, the protagonist narrates a romanticized rendition of the Little Ship story where “every tug and fishing boat or power launch that could propel itself was heading across the Channel … to rescue as many as possible from the German fire”. The main driving force behind the British Admiralty's decision to
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