This chapter is a stoniness grave of Bulking; this is sort of Herman Melville way of telling us that he killed off Bulking. Bulking fell off the edge of the boat on one stormy night. His shipmates tried, but failed, to save him and he disappeared in the abyss of the storms locked seas. The ocean is his stoniness grave meaning he died in the ocean, he was never found, and given a proper burial so the ocean is his grave and the ocean is filled with water not dirt and rocks.
Deep memories yield no epitaphs; deep memories provide no insight on to what the people are personally. Reading an epitaph you only learn meaningless information, you don’t learn about their character and the people that they are. Bear thee grimly, demigod; this area is sort of talking about how it is honorable to die by drowning in the water. Siamese talks about how Bulkiness’s death is more honorable than dieing by fading in to the back ground. Siamese feels that Bulking will now transform him into a demigod, due to his death at sea.
The port would fain give succor; the port gives a false sense of safety, on a boat the lee side is the side facing the wind, the lee side of land is the rot side. The ships direst Jeopardy; wind from the sea will blow the ships, going into port and in port around, trying to blow the ships on to the rocks. Most of the ideas I come across in the reading, I do not agree with. I do not agree with the idea that if you fall off the edge of a boat and drown you rise to a semi god like status.
The way he seemed to be so in awe of Bulkiness’s death was almost disrespectful. His idea of men or in this case Bulking turning in to a demigod is ridiculous in my opinion, death is Just death. You cannot die and then become immortal, that is a contradictory tenement. This idea of death and immortality reminds me of the idea of heaven from a child’s point of view. Children, in most cases, think of heaven as this place in the sky that you go to after you die.
Although the idea is that you don’t really die it is sort of like a place to go to after you die on earth, but you still live in heaven. That is sort of along the lines of Sample’s idea that you can die and then become immortal. Siamese can’t understand why Bulking wants to go out on another hunting expedition immediately after he Just got back. In my mind Bulking believes that he lee shore or the port is a dangerous place. He does not feel safe and at ease on port, like most people, he prides himself with being a true sailor and that the sea is his home.
I believe that Bulking is a true sailor and he doesn’t feel at ease on the land, but I do not share that opinion for myself. I feel unsafe at sea and I don’t think the land is unsafe. In my opinion you cannot truly find a place that is safe. The sea is not safe because the sea is where most of the storms originate; coming from the change in the high and low pressure system and being out at sea you are usually in the middle of it. But on land you are not safe either because the storms that come from the sea usually come inland and terrorize the settlers on land. The port would fain give succor; the port is pitiful; in the port is safety, comfort, hearthstone, supper, warm blankets, friends, all that’s kind to our moralities. ” Siamese is saying that to the men the port may be comfort and safety, but to the boat the port is a terrible place to be in a storm. “But in that gale, the port, the land, is that ship’s direst Jeopardy; seen must fly all hospitality;” Here he is saying that staying in port is a bad idea “one touch f land, though it but graze the keel, would make her shudder through and through. That one touch of the ground to the underside of the boat would make the boat; shudder through and through meaning that it would damage the boat. “With all her might she crowds all sail offshore; in so doing, fights ‘against the very winds that fain would blow her homeward; seeks all the lashed sea’s landlines again; for refuge’s sake forlornly rushing into peril; her only friend her bitterest foe! ” this meaner that instead of staying a port they choose to leave and head out into the storm engulfed eaters and wait out the storm, rather than risk the dangers of staying in harbor.
They are going out in to the water they came in to port to escape, “her only friend bitterest foe” The port-bitterest foe passage is not really a passage that you can disagree with. It is telling of events that large boat captains and their crews still practice today. Waiting out a major storm in the harbor is usually more dangerous than waiting out the storm in the storm ridden waters. Siamese ends the passage with saying that when they are at sea they are free.
That there are no bounds to what they can do; “so utter is it to perish in that howling infinite, than be ingloriously dashed upon the lee, even if that were safety! ” he feels that he would rather die in the ocean than die on land no matter how close to the security of their family and friends they are. Though I can see how this is the code by which a true sailor lives by, I do not agree with this. I would not want to die out in the ocean, where nobody known where you are or how to retrieve your body. I would much rather die with my family near and around me; with all the comforts that the land offers.
Through this whole essay Bulking dies in the ocean and Siamese is in awe of him, thinking that that is the ultimate way to die. Then next thing I learned was that the best place to be was out at sea especially when there is a storm and you are in a large boat. The sailors would much rather be in the sea also, though for a different reason. They are at sea because they feel more at ease on the ocean; sailors do not like to be on land. The land offers the comforts of home but they do not want to be at home, the sea offers adventure and experience, they could not otherwise experience on land.