Graven Images Setting & Symbolism

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The Binnacle Boyappears in The Binnacle Boy

The Binnacle Boy is one of the graven images. The Binnacle Boy is a wooden statue created to hold the iron binnacle, which houses the ship's compass. The Binnacle Boys is described as being "Straight backed, sober lipped, in his jacket and cap, he stood resolutely before the helm, his lacquered eyes shining chicory blue." (The Binnacle Boy, chap. 2, p. 6)

The Binnacle Boy had been a fixture aboard the brig Orion while it was at sea. When the crew and their belongings were removed from the ship, the Binnacle Boy was also removed. The statue was placed in the center of town, in front of the town hall where it would stand as a monument to those that died.

The Binnacle Boy becomes a graven image. Families, particularly those that lost a family member on the Orion, stare at the statue...

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