The Perfect Storm and The Wreck of the Hesperus: Comparison

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The Perfect Storm and The Wreck of the Hesperus seem very similar because they sound so much alike because they are both about ocean storms and are tragedies. The way they are written, the two captains attitudes, the theme and the time period are very different in each story.

The story, The Perfect Storm, it was about a crew ship that sets out at sea and loses contact with their communication team. They had several rescue teams come look for them while on the water, but none of them could locate them due to the loud rain and thunder from the storm. The crew and captain enter the storm and they get rescued, but the captain doesn’t want to abandon his boat because he knows he never see it again. This story is based on a storm that happened in North America in the late 1900’s which the other story was made in the mid 1900’s.

In the poem, The Wreck of the Hesperus, the man and his daughter both die during the disaster at sea. In my opinion, it was the most powerful because of the true relationship. When the storms started coming in, the father warned her that the wind was going to sweep her away. He gave her his seaman’s coat. He then found a broken pole and wrapped her with a rope and bounded her to the mast. As they went on, the weather and the water being so cold, froze the father to a corpse. The daughter then put her hands together and started praying. She prayed that someone would come save her. Through the night it began to sleet and snow. The wind that brought great damage to the boat made it swayed back and forth until it finally broke apart. The daughter wasn’t able to survive the crash. In the end, all that was left was a memory.

There are many similarities and differences between The Wreck of the Hesperus and The Perfect Storm. They both focus on a shipwreck and incredible loss of life that could have been avoided had the captain or crew been less confident and more cautious about their deaths to come. The authors...
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