Forgot your password?  
Related Topics

Two Years Before the Mast Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapters 1-4 Summary

This Study Guide consists of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Two Years Before the Mast.
This section contains 326 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Two Years Before the Mast Study Guide

Chapters 1-4 Summary and Analysis

Richard Henry Dana, Jr., signs up for a 2-3 year voyage aboard the brig Pilgrim, hoping to cure his reading-weakened eyes and strengthen his body. They leave Boston on 14 Aug. 1834, bound for the west coast of North America. Writing years later, Dana naturally uses the rich jargon of the sea while describing his utter bewilderment at the chaotic order on deck. He mocks his own scrupulous performance of his first duties. In Chapter 2 Capt. Thompson lectures about the men's obedience determining their fate under his command. Dana meets first-timer Stimson and balances the beauty of the sea against leaving everything familiar. A storm brings three days of seasickness, through which Dana fights to climb the high rigging. Purged, he feels like a new person and enters into full duties.

In Chapter 3 a "spell" of fine weather lets Dana describe shipboard organization. The Captain...

(read more from the Chapters 1-4 Summary)

This section contains 326 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our Two Years Before the Mast Study Guide
Copyrights
Two Years Before the Mast from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook