The Boat Who Wouldn't Float Setting & Symbolism

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Newfoundland

Mowat talks about his fondness for Newfoundland but not for St. John's as a capital city. While Newfoundland itself has a lovely physical presence and a rich cast of characters as its inhabitants, Mowat does not think highly of St. John's. According to Mowat, St. John's is a parasite and a city that has only succeeded by feeding on the life blood of outport people. Mowat describes the recent history of Newfoundland. In the 1960s, during the time of Mowat's voyage, St. John's makes itself rich by taking advantage of the outport people by charging whatever exorbitant fees they deem fair, bleeding the fishermen of hard-earned money. Mowat states that in the 1960s, St. John's boasts more millionaires per capita than any city in the Americas, including the oil rich lands of Dallas, Texas.

Newfoundland is settled by people from Ireland, England, and France looking for a...

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