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Character Study Although there are other characters in the story Mr Arcularis is the only character who gives us a clear image of who he really is The only problem with getting an accurate grasp of Mr Arcularis is that most of the story is a dream and we dont know how much of what he says and does we can take for face value It is clear that he is a philosopher and an intellect even in his old age He has knowledge of classical music such as Cavalleria Rusticana as well as literature such as The Odyssey Judging by his conversation with the Matron in the beginning of the story it is evident that Mr Arcularis also has a witty sense of humor His intelligence is reinforced when we learn that Mr Arcularis attended Harvard University in his younger years He also has a dark mysterious aura around himself When the news of the coffin being on board is announced Mr Arcularis has the point of view that Maybe well be wrecked what does it matter That maybe the image he wants to portray but we learn that he too is genuinely worried about misfortune occurring on the voyage We learn that Mr Arcularis is also tired of being an old man Hes tired of the repetitiveness of his life When sitting in the smoking room Mr Arcularis has to close his eyes to avoid seeing the constant pattern of people walking back and forth This repetition reminds of the rather bland routine that he lives out constantly Mr Arcularis shows his fearful side when talking about his sleepwalking experiences He was genuinely scared that something horrible was going to happen if he continued to have these late night incidents He is fearful yet accepting of what may be to come He knows that his days on earth are numbered and this scares him but he is able to
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