Compare & Contrast of the Perfect Storm & the Wreck of the Hesperus

September 13, 2017 General Studies

Compare & Contrast: The Perfect Storm & The Wreck of the Hesperus I’m sure you all have read these two writings, or at least heard of them. These stories sound like they would be very alike because they are both about ocean storms, and somewhat tragedy. These stories may seem like they have a lot in common, but they don’t. I’m going to compare these subjects in the two writings, the two captain’s attitudes, the theme, and the time period between these two. In the two writings, both of the captains thought that they could brave out the storm and will survive.

Although, in the writing The Wreck of the Hesperus, the captain says that they can brave it out but they end up freezing to death and losing his daughter and all of his crew members. The captain would say things like, “I pray thee, put into yonder port, for I fear a hurricane. ” Which basically means he hopes he gets through the storm. In the writing The Perfect Storm, they enter the crew and captain enter the storm and they get rescued, however the captain does not want to leave his ship because he knows if he leaves it he will never see it again.

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This is a good subject because they are so the same, but very different. Another subject I would like to talk about is what these two writings are based on. This is more of a contrast. In The Wreck of the Hesperus it is a fictional story based on just an imaginary storm and a horrible tragedy, of the captain losing his daughter. In The Perfect Storm it is based on a storm that happened in North America in October of 1991. Although it is based on a true story some of the information is a little bit changed.

Like for one, everyone survives. My final subject that I would like to talk about is the time period between these two writings. The Wreck of the Hesperus was written in 1839, and the way the author wrote it is very different because of the way they talk, using words such as, “thee”, “Tis”, “Woe”, and “Hither”. Using those types of words makes it seem like a classic because it is old and the author uses very immense words, words that you don’t hear now.

The Perfect Storm was more modern instead of using “thee” the author used “the” it sounded like it wasn’t so from the past. It was also easier to understand because it was more modern and there wasn’t a bunch of funky words. These two writings are wonderful to read, yet they are not the same. There are many more comparisons about these two. In the end sparked either tragedy or happiness. These are beautiful writings about ocean storms.


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