The Perfect Storm Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the vision that author Sebastian Junger has for "The Perfect Storm"?

Author Sebastian Junger's vision for "The Perfect Storm" was to tell a true story about men who were forced to fight the fierce forces of nature while at sea, and to honor their loss by limiting his narrative solely to fact. Junger pledges that any statement made by any character will have been properly recorded with the individual being quoted, emphasizing that he does not create dialogue for use in the book.

2. Are there any portions of the book that challenge author Sebastian Junger's vision-based pledge to limit his narrative solely to fact?

Portions of "The Perfect Storm" that challenge author Sebastian Junger's vision-based pledge to limit his narrative solely to fact are conversations that take place among crew members of the Andrea Gail. Also, it is clear that Junger reconstructs the disaster that befell the Andrea Gail because no one aboard that boat survived "The Perfect Storm", the crew did not maintain records, nor were they in radio contact with anyone when disaster struck the Andrea Gail. In addition, the author spoke with Gloucester fishermen who had survived similar storms, and with their input, was able to reconstruct the collision that took place between the Andrea Gail and "The Perfect Storm" at sea in late October, 1991.

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