The Hairy Ape Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe the opening scene?

The setting of the first scene is the forecastle of a transatlantic ocean liner. The ceiling is low and the walls and bunks are framed in polished steel.

2. What image does the author say he is trying to set?

The author describes the men in the forecastle as rough and rowdy. He says he wants to evoke the image of animalistic men in a cage.

3. Why do the men fear Yank?

Yank is stronger and fiercer than the others. They fear him because of his physical power and tease him because they enjoy to see him lose his temper.

4. In what way do the sailors sound like a mob when they speak?

The author does not give the majority of the sailors individual lines, but instead makes them speak like a Greek chorus. The technique gives them the impression of a rowdy mob.

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