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The Shipping News Speech on NovelUploaded by joeydaprof on Jun 12, 2006What transpires today in the contemporary world is in several ways akin to what emerged a few centuries ago when people were exploring the planet: they discovered that their world was a vast place and re-drew their maps. The world that was previously flat became spherical, and later it expanded. Subsequently, the old world views were shed frequently. People conceived new and alternate ways of thinking and ultimately, they retreated from the global masses.“The Shipping News” explores a geographical retreat as Proulx constructs her story in Newfoundland, a place that is out of the generic, globalised world. Hersymbolic reference to knots is part of her unconventionality. In chapter one, Proulx begins with applying the rope metaphor for Quoyle.“It (quoyle) is made on deck, so that it may be walked on if necessary.”This alludes to Quoyle’s passive attitude and indifference to the world and all of its issues. Partridge’s character is unorthodox and does not conform to the demands of a globalised world. His father, on the other hand “admired the mystery of business-men signing papers shielded by their left arms.” Partridge’sresponse to this is simple, “Ah, fuck it.” The Gammy Bird also diverges from the conventional and globalised world. Its odd

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