The Last Voyage Of The Ghost Ship | Summary | Questions-Answers

Summary and question answers of the story "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship". "The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship" was written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Gabriel García Márquez, (born March 6, 1927, Aracataca, Colombia—died April 17, 2014, Mexico City, Mexico), Colombian novelist and one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, mostly for his masterpiece Cien años de soledad (1967; One Hundred Years of Solitude). He was the fourth Latin American to be so honoured, having been preceded by Chilean poets Gabriela Mistral in 1945 and Pablo Neruda in 1971 and by Guatemalan novelist Miguel Ángel Asturias in 1967. With Jorge Luis Borges, García Márquez is the best-known Latin American writer in history. In addition to his masterly approach to the novel, he was a superb crafter of short stories and an accomplished journalist. In both his shorter and longer fictions, García Márquez achieved the rare feat of being accessible to the common reader while satisfying the most demanding of sophisticated critics.

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The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship is a story of magic realism by a Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The writer has used magic and reality with the stream of consciousness technique in the story. The fragmented thoughts, feelings, and emotions are expressed on real and fictitious ground in the story. This describes the growth of an ordinary boy to an assertive young man through his observation and experience.
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Summary Of 'The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship':

The story very neatly presents the development of the boy from an ordinary boy to a confident young man. As he grows old he shows his will power, determination, strength and intelligence. In his youth, he becomes assertive and confident and speaks of his triumphant vision in a strong new man's voice.

The boy first saw the ghost ship as a boy. When he woke up the day after he saw it, he thought it was a dream. The next year when he saw it, he knew it was not a dream and he ran to tell his mother who said "your brain's rotting away". After the boy's mom and four other women die in a rocking chair the people in the village were convinced the chair was evil, so "the murderous chair was thrown into the sea". Then another March he saw the ghost ship again started yelling "come see it". No one saw it so they did not believe him. They beat him up, an occurrence which left him "drooling with rage", and he found himself saying "now they're going to see who I am". A year later, he went out into the bay at night to wait for the ship. When it came, the air became filled with a horrible smell, and he when saw it he lit a red lantern and got the ship to follow him. When it was away from the shoals, it turned into a real ship, "with its name engraved in iron letters, Halalcsillag", and he had it follow him back toward the village where he ran it"aground in front of the church". In the morning when the villagers came out, they were shocked and amazed that the story of the ship was true.

Question-Answers OF 'The Last Voyage of the Ghost Ship':

Question No. 1: What do you think is meaning of the boy's newly discovered ability near the end of the story to control the ship's movement ? ( जहाजको गतिलाई नियन्त्रण गर्ने केटाको क्षमता भनेर कथाको अन्त्यमा भनिएको छ। त्यसको अर्थ के होला जस्तो लाग्दछ ? )
Answer: The meaning of the boy's newly discovered ability to control the ship's movement is the boy's newly developed capacity to handle his imaginative vision successfully. It is the artist's capacity to give shape to his writing, his skill to deal with words imaginatively and fruitfully. The boy in the story has so much of his leftover anger that he becomes matured through his own will power. He is not all taken away by emotions. He develops the capacity to exhibit his strength successfully.

Question No. 2: What is the protagonist asserting when he brings "the largest ocean linear in this world and the other" in the village ? ( यो र अर्को संसारमा हुने विशाल जहाजभन्दा पनि ठूलो जहाज गाउँमा ल्याएको छु भनेर प्रमुख पात्रले के भन्न खोजेको हो ? )
Answer: The protagonist says that he has brought "the largest ocean linear in this world and the other" into his village. By this he asserts his ability and merit. People of his village (disbelievers) did not believe that he could do any such great thing. But he proves his power to their surprise. He can now independently control his fate.

Question No. 3:What does it mean when the boys says "Now they are going to see who I am ....."
Answer: In the story, "Now they are going to see who I am" is repeated like a refrain in a song or poem. This is the major expression in the text. The boy is trying to prove his capacity with the newly gained control over his ship or vision or medium. He is asserting again and again that he is not like what other people think of him. Though he goes to the villagers' and tells them that he has seen the ocean liner, too huge to be convinced by the ordinary men, the villagers do not believe him. When they do not see it, they beat the boy and ignore him. He makes many attempts but fails to prove until the end when he speaks again "Now they are going to see who I am".

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Answer: The incidents of the story develop with the interior monologue of the protagonist. Mental moment is forwarded. The grand triumph feeling of the boy about the private vision upon disbelievers is internally related with the journey and visions are also his private feelings. The boy feels with strong desire to get success over the disbelievers when they beat him about his false shouting of the ship.

The refrain is the powerful expression in the story. As the story is written in the "Stream of Consciousness" style, it captures the flow of the consciousness. The narrator reports what passes in the mind of the boy as he brings the largest ship, ever existed anywhere, to the village. He is telling again and again that he has been misunderstood and misjudged. He makes many attempts but fails to prove himself until the end when he is able to show the huge ocean liner to the people. He now is fully convinced and determined of his own power when he sees the ship. So he says, 'Now they're going to see who I am'.

Question No. 4: Narrate the story of a boy's growth from an ordinary boy to an assertive young man.
Answer: The sight of the huge ship is only the symbolic of the boy's greater and greater maturity and the development of his state of mind. His encounter with the ghost ship is linked with his movement towards his maturity and will-power. When he sees a big ocean liner and informs the villagers about its arrival, they don't believe him because they can't see any ship there. Although he's beaten, he's so confident that he thinks one day he'll definitely prove his merit and maturity.

The ship isn't real. It is only the symbolic representation of the growth of an ordinary boy to an assertive young man. It presents the boy's inner journey from his innocence to experience and from ignorance to knowledge. The experience and knowledge are inevitable to gain manhood. The ship that appears and vanishes several times stands for the child's imagination and growing vision, which finally makes him a strong man with strong voice and confidence. In fact, this story brings out the boy's inner consciousness. The whole story is a psychological study which describes the boy's gradual attainment towards maturity. Thus the story deals with the mental growth of the child in proportion with his physical growth. Both the growths combined make him confident about what he says and does.

Actually it is a story about the powerful imagination of the boy. Sometimes a person’s creative power becomes so sharp that he can see his vision in concrete form. A normal mind with limited power of creativity hardly sees such picture.

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