Selfish Decisions in “Wreck of the Hesperus”

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"She struck where the white and fleecy waves Looked soft as carded wool, But the cruel rocks, they gored her side Like the horns of an angry bull. Her rattling shrouds, all sheathed in ice, with the masts went by the board; Like a vessel of glass, She stove and sank, Ho! Ho! the breakers roared!" The ballad "Wreck of the Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow explains how uncivil acts can dramatically change anything. This story describes a prideful man who made a selfish decision to not listen to a sailor's gesticulation and go out to sea during a ineluctable hurricane off Herman's Woe. The skipper takes his daughter with him and because of his bad decision they both died when their ship "The Hesperus" crashes into the rocks and sinks. In "Wreck of the Hesperus" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow suggests that pride, betrayal and selfishness can change the outcome of things in ways people don't expect. Everyone needs to listen to what people have to say because it can really make a difference. The captain in “Wreck of the Hesperus” does not listen to the sailors concern about the ...

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