Sunday, May 4, 2014

Do you have to work/plan for adventure?

In Cahill's story, the real adventure lie in the action associated with the killer whales. In all of the other texts that we have read, the adventure has been intentionally sought after: to climb a mountain, to go to sea. Because they have been longer narratives, we have been able to see the the broader adventure play out, as well as smaller anecdotes within them. The explanation of the adventure has depended on the plan and intention of that adventure, whether it be reaching the summit or exploring the arctic, etc. In 'Kayaking Among Ice Children,' however, the short length allows for the surprise of the orcas to be the focal point of the adventure while the the intention and point description follows. I think that this proves that authors can write a successful adventure narrative in under 10 pages, but perhaps it is more strategic to structure them in a different way. As Cahill shows us, it really grabs the reader to put the excitement right at the beginning of the story.

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