The Last Voyage of The Ghost Ship

-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Summary

The story “The last voyage of the ghost ship” written by the famous Columbian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a psychological story based on the stream of consciousness technique. It is about an unusual ship that the boy the saw at the night of March. It describes the growth of an ordinary boy to an assertive young man. It seems to be a long sentence as it has only one full stop and few capital letters. The writer has deliberately deviated the grammatical use of language, so it seems to be a document of mystery.

The boy, the main character of the story saw a ghost ship that was extraordinarily huge. It looked uncontrolled and there was no sound and light as well. There was something wrong in it. So, it could not find the right path and hit the rock into sea broke into pieces and sank to the bottom of the sea. Next day, the boy didn’t see anything unusual in that place .So he thought it was his dream .Exactly one year later at night of March the same ship appeared and hitting the rock, breathing into pieces it sank to the bottom of the sea. The time he was sure that he was not dreaming. He told this event to his mother but his mother thought that his mind was rotating rapidly as he had the habit of walking at the night time and sleeping out the day time. Then the boy went near the sea with a fisherman but he found whale in that place. Since his father had died eleven year ago, his mother would spend her days sitting on chair thinking about her dead mother. As the chair had become old, the boy along with his mother set out for the city to buy a new chair. On the way, the boy should towards the sea where the ship had sunk away and convinced his mother to show ship. His mother assured him that she would see the ship if it came again.

When the ship came again after one year, in the night of March, the boy became ready to call his mother. But his mother was dead. The three other women who tried to sit on same chair also died. Since he had convinced only one person to show the ship and as she had already died, the boy became shocked. He became orphan. The villagers scolded him for bring for the evil chair. He didn’t depend on charity but chose to live stealing fish. Two year later on the same night when the ship appeared again, he look up the villagers. But when the villagers didn’t see the ship, they scolded him and beat him badly for making them disturbed.

But he didn’t lose his hope and became much more determined to show the real ship at any cost and prove him to be the trust worthy and believable young man. One year later, at last he stole a boat and sailed toward the sea with a lantern, and this small boat. He led to it village and it bowled its villagers. When they saw the real ship, they developed a sense of faith on boy because he became able to prove himself as the most commanding, matured and assertive young man as he had determined to be in his childhood. The villager found the ship two times taller than the steeple and ninety-one times longer than the village.

Q. Narrate the story of a boy’s growth from an ordinary boy to an assertive young man.

>> The story “The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship” written by Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez describes the growth of an ordinary boy to an assertive young man using a stream of consciousness technique. In this story, the boy’s imagination and reality go side by side along with the indications of his changing psychology.

When the boy was very young, he saw a ghost ship that was extraordinarily huge. It looked uncontrolled without any sound or light. So it could not find the right path, due to which it hit the rock, broke into pieces and sank into the sea. Since the boy was very young, he could not believe on this incident and thought that it was just his dream. This indicates that the child psychology is too weak to believe even on oneself. Exactly one year later at the night of March, the same ship appeared and the same incident happened again.

This time he became sure that he was not dreaming and dared to convinced his mother, but couldn’t. When he with his mother went to the city to buy the chair, the boy again convinced his mother about that incident showing the exact place where it had happened. This time his mother became convinced and assured him that she would see the ship if it came again. When the ship came again on the same night one year later, the boy rushed to call his mother but he found her dead .The three other women who had sat on the same chair also died due to which the villagers accused the boy for bringing the evil chair and misbehaved, which made the boy more     determined to prove his dream. Instead living on charity, the orphan boy chose to live on himself thought by stealing fish. Years later again on the same night, the same ship appeared and same incident followed. The boy called out the villagers, but they saw nothing .Instead, the villagers beat the boy for disturbing. This incident made the boy even more determined to prove himself. Again a year late, the same ghost appeared, but this time the boy on a boat guided the huge ship towards the villagers, made them believe and proved himself.

This was just an imagination of the boy that has close reality with his real life. Each incident of imagination lines with reality. The young boy couldn’t believe the incident and his eyes, since the child psychology is weak. A year later, the boy believe don himself and even convinced his mother, his close one. Here, a year later on the same night, appearing of the same ship indicates the growth of boy. When his mother died they scolded him which made him more determined to prove himself shows the development of his psychology. He chose to live on himself shows that he was growing towards maturity. A year later, when the same incident happened, he dared to call out for villagers indicates the same. The villager’s beating became a source of inspiration for him. A year later, when the same ship appeared, the boy guided it to the village and made them believe which shows he had been matured and was capable of making huge mass believe and had acquired leadership. Then he was not a boy, he had become an assertive young man.

Thus, in a very unique and influential way, the writer convinces us about the growth of psychology of ordinary child towards having capability of a matured man.

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