Keaton- Ship Breaker
By kg31, Updated
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Birth & Origin of Main Character
Hero's Flaw, Hero's Struggle
The setting of this book starts in on an ocean beach with ships out in the water for the beach people to work on. It's the middle of the summer. The people work on these oil tank ships that they collect oil and copper on. "Rusty pipes ran ahead of him, disappearing into darkness. Some iron, some steel-heavy crew would be the ones to deal with that"(pg. 2) Nailer was in a duct collecting copper wire when the duct fell throygh and he fell into a pool of oil, he had to swim under to open a door to get out.
The protagonist of my story is Nailer, he is a teenager working on an old oil tanker as light crew gathering copper and other light metals. He wants to be able to be on a newer and bigger ship way out in the ocean someday but he doesn't think he will ever make it. His mother has passed away a few years ago and his father does drugs and drinks a lot. He usually gets beat every night when he comes home. "Nailer kept his voice steady, trying to pretend he didn't know his father was planning on beating the hell out of him. playing innocent. Talking normal, like there wasn't about to be pain and screaming and a chase."(pg. 57)
I feel that the inner conflict is Nailer not being able to progress in his work and not being able to get on a bigger ship. The external conflict would be Nailer's dad who beats him almost every night because of the drugs he is on, also because of his mothers death. I think this flaw is being tested through Nailer not losing his cool and not killing his father because of the way he gets treated. "guess you saved my ass Lucky Boy'(pg. 65) Nailer decided to save his dad rather then leave him for dead during the storm.
I believe there is multiple antagonists in my story. First there is sloth, Sloth is an antagonist because she tried to kill Nailer when he was stuck in the oil and earlier that day she tried to steal his job. The second Antagonist would be his father, I believe his father is an antogonist because he constantly abuses him physically and mentally.
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