Thanks for the constructive feedback. I will try to a lot of that in the story. The ship is not meant to be a country in the world today. I think it would make sense for Egypt about 20 years ago, but that is not what this is about. Something much larger. I gave this story to my English teacher a week early to see what he would say. I should here back from him tomorrow if he understands the theme. The ropes also represent something connected with the ship. I hope I am not being overly symbolic.
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