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An interesting short story is Letters from The Samantha by Mark Helpin This story tells the fascinating tale in the form of never sent letters of an ape brought aboard an iron-hulled sailing ship in 1909 by Samson Low the ships captain Although the author makes a point to tell the reader through Samson Low that the animal does not symbolize anything or mean anything in fact He stands for nothing 280 several arguments can be made to contradict this One could argue that the ape symbolized the untamed and rarely used wild side of Samson Low through a comparison of their personalities appearances and the way they are treated by others Samson Low was a captain of a ship owned by the Green Star Line He is a stickler for rules and the proper code of conduct When writing to his company he reminds them of the complete absence of disciplinary action against me 271 This serves to highlight that he has never been in trouble or broken the rules He is comfortable and comforted by his pattern of obedience and thinks others must be as well Though my subordinates sometimes complain they are grateful no doubt for my firm rule and tidiness 271 His ship is always on time or even ahead of schedule The picture painted is of a steady reliable conservative man who always does the appropriate thing in a situation However a typhoon the ship sails through reveals a different less predictable side When describing the typhoon Samson thinks I confess that I have wished to be completely taken up by such a thing to be lifted into the clouds 272 This is hardly the thought of a truly buttoned-down man He also imagines surrendering to the seas But I have not and will not 272 While he seems content with his life Samson Lows secret yearnings sometimes show through It is because of this Samson seems jealous
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