“King of the Raft”, “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun” and “The Halifax Explosion, 1917”


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“King of the Raft”, “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun” and “The Halifax Explosion, 1917”
“King of the Raft” by Daniel David Moses
The Setting of “King of the Raft” is a rural area in Canada beside a river and near a corn field. This area is populated by White and Native Canadians. The details of the environment are spare, though the author does not need to go into much detail because a forest with a river does not require much explanation. The conflict in this story is man verses nature, in that the boys are attempting to overcome their own youth. The raft on the river is the place where the boys enact that conflict. Some of the boys are white and some of the boys are native but there is no strict delineation who is what. This is important and...
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.....Imo is mostly cast aside as it tries to right itself on the other side of the narrows after the collision. The theme of this story is a fancy version of saying, If you play with fire, you get burned. That is to say, it was a huge risk to allow a heavy munitions ship to be allowed into such a crowded harbor. Human error causes terrible things in those circumstances, sometimes, like when the crew of the Imo failed to recognize they were so close to another ship. No doubt if the Mount Blanc was publicly known to be carrying such a dangerous cargo, other ships would have given it a wider berth.
MacLennan, Hugh. “The Halifax Explosion, 1917.”
Macleod, Alistair. “As Birds Bring Forth the Sun.”
Moses, Daniel David. “King of the Raft.”