His determination in risking his life to repeat his whale-catching success also shows that he doesn’t give up in what he believes in. Ambrose is a dynamic character because by the end Of the Story, he is willing to lie in order to agree with Gabrielle, even though he was initially very concerned about honesty. Antagonist: Clevis, the banker’s son Clevis is described as “prissy’ and “affected” (187). He is also a gossip, as he listens to gossip and tells Ambrose about the whale-catching rumors circulating in the villages along the coast. Clevis is also untrustworthy and a liar.
He assures Ambrose he doesn’t tell lies because he would never want to disgrace his father, a banker. However, once Ambrose needs him to confirm the successful hallucinogen expedition, Clevis lies about what really happened. Clevis looks out for himself because he lies in order to make Ambrose appear inferior in front of the girl they both love. He then admits this to Ambrose, which makes Clevis mean-spirited for making Ambrose feel terrible. Clevis is a static character because he remains the same throughout the entire story Plot Summary In the story “The Whale,” by Yves Therapist, AmbroseBarrages catches a whale with a cod-fishing hook. Unfortunately, the whale escapes before he can return to the port. No one believes his story, and as it spreads through the towns, the tale begins to take on a life of its own.
The banker’s son, Clevis, tells Ambrose that the latest version is that Ambrose caught the whale with his bare hands and almost got it into the boat before the whale evaded capture. Ambrose wants to impress a girl named Gabrielle, but is worried she thinks he’s a liar. So for the start of the rising action in the plot, Ambrose invites Clevis to go fishing with him so that he can have an Ron-clad witness.Since Clevis is a banker’s son, Ambrose feels the town will take his word for it. The two men go out on the water the next morning. After some struggle, Ambrose catches a whale with his cod-fishing hook and tows it back to the town. When they are almost back at the port, the whale spits out the hook and escapes. Ambrose is optimistic, though, because he has a witness.
When they disembark at the port, Gabrielle and about fifty other people are there to wait for the results. Ambrose tells everyone he caught a whale again, but it escaped a mile from the port.When he turns to Clevis for confirmation, Clevis betrays him and calls him a liar. Ambrose is devastated and leaves the scene. In the climax, Ambrose later confronts Clevis about the betrayal. Clevis tells him he, too, is interested in Gabrielle, which is why he lied; Clevis doesn’t want Ambrose to impress Gabrielle.
Ambrose dejectedly returns home and to his surprise, he finds Gabrielle in his kitchen, talking to his mother. In the resolution of the story, Gabrielle tells him that she was “disgusted” by his repeated lying until she realized he was just trying to empress her, no matter what the entire town thought of him (190).Ambrose improvises and confesses that he knew she would only notice him if the tale was “grand enough” (190). He then takes her hand and they both walk around town so that he can show everyone he has won her love. Setting The story is set in Port-Savoir, a small fishing town by the sea.
The time period appears to be sometime in the past because news seems to spread mostly by word-of- mouth, over a period of a few days. Instead of minutes or hours, it takes some time before Clevis tells Ambrose that everyone in a neighboring town hints he caught a whale by hand.There isn’t any mention of modern devices such as telephones. Also, the language-use appears to be from the past. When Ambrose confronts Clevis about his lies, he calls his enemy a “perjured’ and uses the phrase “snake in the grass” (1 89), terms which aren’t commonly used today.
Conflict The conflict in the story is primarily Person vs.. Person. Ambrose and Clevis both compete for the love of the same girl, Gabrielle.
Ambrose hopes that she will be impressed with how he can catch a whale. However, Clevis lies so that Ambrose does not succeed in impressing the girl.Ambrose confronts him about the lie, but gives up the fight for the girl. There is also Person vs.. Environment because Ambrose catches and loses a whale, twice.
Near the end, Person vs.. Self also appears briefly. Ambrose decides to lie to Gabrielle because he realizes he has won her affection.
Theme Several possible themes: Love is unpredictable. / One can’t predict what makes a person fall in love with another. The theme of ‘ ‘The Whale” is that one can’t predict why people fall in love. Throughout the story, Ambrose tries to prove to Gabrielle, the woman he loves that he can catch a whale with his fishing hook.
He has no proof of his initial success, so he risks his life to repeat the accomplishment with a witness present. Unfortunately, he fails to provide proof because the whale escapes, and his witness betrays him, so he is called a liar. Ambrose thinks he has failed in winning Gabrielle love, so he gives up on her. But in the end, it turns out she is impressed by how he supposedly defied everyone in sticking to his ‘lie,’ and so he wins her love when he doesn’t correct her error. Be yourself in the pursuit of love. -Ambrose was adamant about proving he can catch a whale; -He risked his life to catch a whale twice;