|Plot Summary of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym|
|"This is Poe's one (unfinished) novel, a strange tale of adventure and hardship on the high seas. With the help of his friend Augustus, young Pym stows away on the Grampus, which is almost immediately subject to a brutal mutiny. Violence and terrible storms leave Arthur, Augustus, a few others stranded on the floating wreckage of the ship for weeks on end. Attempts to retrieve edible materials from locked quarters below the waterline, and a little cannibalism, enable a couple men to survive until rescue by the Jane Guy.
That ship is headed for Antarctica, to find a route that will come closest to the South Pole. Far beyond where any Western ship has gone, the crew of the Jane Guy make contact with friendly primitives who turn murderously treacherous. Though most of his shipmates are slaughtered, Pym does everything he can to stay alive and escape."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym|
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Time/era of story
- 19th century
Life of a profession:
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Exploring into the wild
kind of story
- water adventure
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- soggy whimpering jelly muffin
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a substantial amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 9 ()
- South Pole
- lost at sea
- feeding sharks
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- very explicit references to deaths and torture
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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