Constantly throughout his book, Junger switches between telling the story factually as a journalist, and as a characterizing narrator, which destroys his flow. In the beginning of his book he utilizes characterization to connect the reader to the fishermen and townspeople. “She’s a tall blonde who inspires crushes in the teenaged sons of some of her friends,” describes Junger, “but there’s a certain no-nonsense air about her that has always kept Bobby on his toes” (7). The way Junger describes Christina, Bobby Shatford’s girlfriend, sounds as if he knew her at the time. This use of pathos makes Junger a much more effective and believable narrator.
It is only pages later, however, where Junger transitions into more clear-cut journalism. He starts to discuss the salary of fisherman and other factual information. “Sword boats are also called longliners because their mainline is up to forty miles long,” he informs the reader. “It’s baited at intervals and paid out and hauled back every day for ten days or twenty days.” Here he uses logos and attempts to keep the reader interested through his use of... [continues]
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