Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

In this book, nature isn't just a backdrop—it's a force of, well, nature. Man is small and almost inconsequential in comparison to the natural force of the tide, the dangerous marshes, and even the calm and beautiful setting of Monk's Piece. And Arthur will not zip it about the power of nature:

I had never been quite so alone, nor felt quite so small and insignificant in a vast landscape before, and I fell into a not unpleasant brooding, philosophical frame of mind, struck by the absolute indifference of water and sky


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