posted on May, 12 2008 @ 02:34 PM
I just found out there were actually people in the world who didn't like Cabin Boy! How is that even possible? That's like not like Lord of the
It it the compelling epic saga of how a body raised in the height of comfort and privilege still begets a soul self-unknowingly bereft of happiness.
Through fate and misfortune, he is stripped of all the trappings and privileges of his class and forced to live as a slave upon a stinking hell of a
floating prison, where he must then struggle against the duality of his own immaturity and ignorance, alongside the mysterious forces of folklore and
legend (which are themselves metaphors to explain away that which immature humankind are themselves ignorant of). He does this, crossing the world in
a desperate attempt to return home, to his idyllic life in paradise that is all he knows of his past, in and of itself a metaphor for the struggle we
all faced, growing up, in transition from teen to adulthood, yearning for the idyllic innocence of our childhood, and bitterly resenting the fact we
can never fully return to it, and that, even if we could, we would not wish to remain.
As he nears closer to the ironic conclusion, the love interest he has found along the way (likewise, a girl crossing the oceans in search of her
dreams, isolated from everything that she knows and loves), they struggle against their feelings, overcome the awkwardness that plagues every
inexperienced love, and later learn to work together to overcome a threat to their newfound home. In doing so, they both realize that they can never
metaphorically go back home. For the Cabin Boy, it is the realization that "his people" are no longer those among whom he was raised, but rather
those whom have come to accept him as a man in the world. For his love, she realizes she can never got back again to the isolation of a solo existence
after having hard-won the acceptance of her peers. And thus, the two return once more to the sea, among the filthy unwashed masses, content to earn
their place in the world, and to accept what fate may bring.
And yet, all I get in response is "Dude, it sucked!"