Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 7
Nguyen Minh Chau (1930-1989) was a military writer. He is one of the pioneering writers of Vietnamese literature in the doi moi period (late XNUMXth century). Collections of short stories: “Woman on the express train”, “Country wharf”, “The boat in the distance”, “Cau reed”, … have shown the elite and unique artistic talent, boldly silent. Narrative style – philosophy of Nguyen Minh Chau.
The short story “The boat in the distance” was written by the author in 1983 and published in 1987. Photographer Phung, Chief Justice Dau, a fisherman woman with a pockmarked face, and a boy named Phac are the characters the author has created. The depiction is quite sharp, leaving readers with many impressions and obsessions about the romantic colors of art and the naked truth of everyday life.
The foggy morning seascape that he “ambushed” several mornings has yet to be found. He eagerly wanted to record in the calendar of July next year the scene of a fishing boat with mackerel at dawn, this morning he had “luck” a scene “given”, perhaps he had never dared to dream in a lifetime. think about.
It was the scene “the boat prints a vague outline in the milky white fog with a little pink tint from the sun shining in. And the silhouettes of adults and children sat as still as statues on a cupped roof, facing the shore. The whole scene was seen through the meshes, and the net between the hoofs appeared in a shape like the wings of a bat…”.
In the eyes of the artist, Phung feels that in front of him is “an ink painting of an ancient painter”. Feelings were overflowing in his heart, he was “confused”, and his heart “as if something was squeezing”. Faced with that “beautiful and perfect” painting, artist Phung feels extremely happy, he understands that “self in beauty is morality” as someone first discovered; In that moment of confusion, he “thought he had discovered a moment of inner purity.” Beauty and art have purified people’s souls, making them holy.
And when he reached the hem of the art god’s shirt, Phung pressed “in rapid succession” for a quarter of a roll of film, retracting the Pratica. That moment for him was extremely happy, and he was “enlightened” – “happiness filled his soul due to the sublime beauty of the exterior just brought”.
There is one thing that readers should note, that is where the photographer sits and shoots. Not Hoang Hac Lau, not a Bong Lai place, but just a beach full of war remnants with many tanks and minesweeping vehicles of lost American engineers. Phung, who was shooting the camera, had to “huddle on the side of the track of a tank to avoid the rain”.
This detail is very important, it shows that the misty sea and the boat in the dawn are beautiful, but that beauty is not complete. War wounds are still imprinted on the beach and in the hearts of fishermen. Only because of Phung, with the romantic soul of an artist, he poeticized and divined the image of a boat in the distance, and after that, he would be lost.
A scene of life, too harsh and cruel, took place when the boat “crashed straight” into the shore, right in front of where the photographer stood. Phung not only saw and witnessed but also participated in the irony and heartbreaking stories.
Where else is the white, pink color of the “perfect” picture when a man and a woman leave the boat and wade across a stretch of lagoon to the sand. A loud voice shouted: “Stay where you are, move, I’ll kill you now.” A woman in her forties, tall, rough, pockmarked, tired, pale…
The man behind him “was wide and arched like the back of a boat; crow’s nest hair, bowl-shaped legs, sun-kissed eyebrows, drooping”, … The old man “two eyes full of evil always stare at the back of his shirt, which is faded and ragged, and the lower half of his body is wet. of the woman”.
What happened happened then. The sandy beach, where the wreckage of the mine-clearing vehicle was, became a place of execution. When the woman “stands still, looks up to the outside to break the place where the boat is parked for a moment” (maybe the mother looks at the children), something terrible happens! The old man “became aggressive, his face turned red”, he squirmed like a wild animal. He pulled out an old puppet soldier’s belt, the usual weapon of a man who had almost lost all his humanity, “slapping the woman on the back.” He “while beating and panting, his teeth gnashing”.
He “vented his anger like fire” on the poor, pitiful woman. The old man cursed with a painful groan: “You die for me, you guys die for me!”. You and the guys he talked about were his wife and children. It is strange that the suffering woman did not cry out, did not fight, did not run away but “suffered with patience”.
That heartbreaking image made the photographer “surprised”, “standing with his mouth wide open” for a few minutes. When Phung dropped the camera on the ground and rushed over, an angry boy “like a bullet rushed to the target” rushed straight at the old man. The child with great strength grabbed the belt, swung the iron buckle and struck the middle of the man’s sunburnt muscular chest with curly black hair. Unable to tie the leather belt, the old man stretched out his wings and gave the boy two slaps, causing the boy to fall on the sand.
The call: “Phac, my son!” of the poor mother spoke up. The image of a woman “hugging the boy, then letting go, clasping her hands and bowing, then hugging again …”. And the image of the boy “quietly reaching his fingers to gently touch the mother’s face” wiping away the tears filled with pitted spots, all made photographer Phung and each of us numb. shocked again. The child came to save the mother, to stop the hand of the beast-man.
Phung “bewilderedly looked” at the shore when the woman let go of her child, quickly chased after the man who had just beaten her, and then both went back to the boat. Unspoiled but vast sandy beach, the sound of waves roaring. The picture that took place “like in a strange fairy tale”, the hooves disappeared, must have changed the way of thinking, vision and artistic perception of artist Phung?
That naked world photo was sketched by Nguyen Minh Chau, witnessed and photographed by photographer Phung. Art is about beauty, but not deception. Romanticize life, apply pink lipstick, the reality of life is meaningless when life is full of sweat and tears!
For Phung, this can be considered as a meaningful trip: the art boat is far away, hidden in the fog, while the truth of life is naked, very close to his eyes. Thereby, we see more clearly that the truth of life is sometimes not the truth of art. Nguyen Minh Chau through “The boat beyond” has raised a lesson about a multi-faceted view, an exploratory view in artistic creation for a true and brave artist.
The story of a fishing village woman at the district court’s headquarters explained to Phung and Dau, helped us to understand the naked truth before all tragedies of domestic violence, understand more deeply the heart and psychology of the family. woman in the woes of life.
The pockmarked woman at first only dared to sit in the corner of the wall, when invited by Dau, she “creeped” to sit on the edge of the chair and tried to pull herself together. When she heard the Chief Justice speak, she looked up and then “bowed her face down” again. Perhaps the first time she went to a government agency, she was so afraid. She clasped her hands together and bowed to Dau and called her son: “I bow to you, Your Majesty…”. She turned around like she was stung by ants! Hear her beg and lament: “You can arrest me, you can jail me, don’t make me leave it…”.
Living with an abuser, “three days a light battle, five days a heavy one” but she still begged the judge “don’t make me leave him”. How can Chief Justice Dau understand that dilemma? Photographer Phung feels “suffocated!”. When she heard the judge called her, and clearly stated that the court’s policy was to call for peace, she “bewildered” looked at Dau, at Phung, she changed her address, called herself sister, called Dau. and Phung is a very urgent, very sincere uncle.
She told about her girlhood, she confided about her marriage: pitted face, ugly girl, no one married, and then had a son… “My husband was a grumpy son at that time. but very gentle, never beat me.” She told stories from the day of the revolution to relieve suffering, but in the past, when the sea was rough, husband and wife and children always ate boiled cactus with salt for months. She lamented her poverty, the boat was too small…
There are too many women in the boat giving birth; Men in boats either drink alcohol or beat their wives. Whenever they feel miserable, they take their wives to beat them. She said the struggle of a woman on a boat without a man, especially when the sea is rough and stormy to paddle.
“God created a woman to give birth, then raise the child until she is an adult, so she has to bear the pain. Women in our boat have to live for their children, but cannot live for themselves like on earth…”. She said that her husband had also fled to the puppet army the day before. She also has the joy that when husband and wife and children “live in harmony and happiness”, “the happiest time is when we sit and watch our children eat well”, etc…
The patience and sacrifice of the pockmarked woman is immense. She resigned herself to being beaten by her husband. She just begged her husband not to hit her in front of the children. She was afraid that her son Phac would do something foolish to his father, so she sent him to the forest to live with his grandfather. She cried when she heard Phung mention Phac’s name.
Only through those honest words can we understand the suffering, the resignation of patience, the silent sacrifice, the immense love for the children of the poor fishing village woman; Only then do we understand the deep root causes of violence in extremely poor families. If you understand the matter in a simple way, just ask, just sign the decision to force the pockmarked woman to leave her husband. But if we look at the story of life thoroughly, very lovingly, very lifely, then we will see that the way of thinking, living, and behaving of the wife and mother in the story is indistinguishable.
Knowing the bottom of a shallow and deep abyss is difficult. It’s not easy to know the hearts of bad and good people, to know the hearts, sorrows, and plights of people! Through the story of the woman in the district court, we see it more clearly: it is not possible to be simple and easy when looking at people, at life, when assessing phenomena in society, in life. Cannot be rushed. If bias, prejudice, only will is wrong. Having kindness and good intentions is not enough. But must consider, consider both love and rationality, both work and people.
The story “The boat out in the distance” has many interesting and unexpected situations. Each situation that appears, the drama of the story is enhanced and deepened. Photographer Phung first discovered the image of a fishing boat emerging from the fog and shot a quarter of the film in rapid succession and was ecstatic at the beauty of the scenery, which was a poetic situation.
The story of the humble man using the waistband of a puppet soldier to beat his pockmarked wife and Phac beat his father to protect his loving mother is an unexpected situation that happened in front of Phung’s eyes, making the tragedy full of water. eye.
The story of the old fishing boat beating his wife and injuring Phung – who dared to intervene; The story of the sister stealing the knife that the brother intended to use as a weapon to protect the poor mother, was an extremely bitter, violent situation. The story of the pockmarked woman told at the district court office… is a situation that speaks to the twists and turns of life, about the bitter humiliation of a poor woman with many children in a fishing village.
Through these situations, the artist Phung understood that art cannot romanticize and poetize life when life is full of contradictions. The new Chief Justice Dau understands that the court is not only to enforce justice and law, but also to enlighten the people’s hearts and people’s love. And each of us understands: life has been and is going on is extremely complex, cannot be simple or just look at one way, one side, one side.
The situational nature has made the story “The Boat Beyond” both true and deeply human. Is the life of poverty, poverty, ignorance, obscurity, etc., one of the causes of violence against women and children in some Vietnamese families for a long time? Was Nguyen Minh Chau discreetly talking about a tearful cause that poet Nguyen Du wrote in “Van Chiu soul” more than two centuries ago:
“Woman pain rather division,
Do you know where you were born in such a life?”
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 6
Writer Nguyen Minh Chau was born in 1930, from Quynh Hai commune, Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province. He joined the army in 1950, fought in the enemy area behind the Northern Delta, and then entered the battlefields of Quang Tri and Thua Thien. Nguyen Minh Chau is a typical writer of Vietnamese literature in the anti-American era, and also an excellent paved the way for literary innovation after 1975. In the previous period, he was a pen with a tendency romantic, epic.
In a later period, his pen turned to worldly topics, interested in people’s lives in everyday life with issues of morality and philosophy of life. The collection of short stories The Different Skies (1970), the novel The Footprints of Soldiers (1972) with the central image of soldiers fighting against the American invaders, liberated the South, and reunified the country have confirmed identify the talent and name of Nguyen Minh Chau in modern literature.
He is also a writer at the forefront of literary innovation with a special interest in the dignity, morality, and concept of a person’s life in everyday life. That is reflected in works such as the novel The Burning Region (1), Fire from the Houses (1977) and short stories such as The Woman on the Express Train, The Countryside, The Guest From the Country, The Picture . In 1977, Nguyen Minh Chau was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize for literature and art by the State.
The Outer Boat, composed in 1983, is his best short story of the latter period; The content tells about a photographer’s field trip, thereby expressing the author’s view of the reality of life, a view of understanding and imbued with love and concern and torment about his identity. People. The author also conveys in this short story his profound reflections on art.
True art must always be associated with life. The artist cannot look at life in a superficial and simple way, but needs to see life and people with a sober and lucid look of reason combined with sincere vibrations of a compassionate heart.
The author has shown the good qualities of a working person in a hard life and a journey to find happiness. The “soul pearls” do not appear in the fire and bullets of war, but lurking in the turbulent everyday life. When it comes to the art of writing short stories, people often refer to three elements: Character, narrative tone and story situation.
In particular, the creation of a unique story situation plays a key role, determining the success of the work. There are three common types of situations in short stories: action situations, mood situations, and cognitive situations. If the action situation is mainly aimed at the landmark action of the character, and the mood situation mainly explores the character’s emotional and emotional development, the cognitive situation mainly explains the “feeling” moment. understand” the truth of the character.
The Outer Boat is considered an excellent work because the author has built a very unique story situation. It is a situation of awareness and discovery about the life and art of two characters Dau and Phung. The unexpected situation in the story changed the perception of two people before the paradoxes of life.
While nature has perfect beauty, life is gloomy and sad. People who are willing to help the victim are strongly rejected by the victim. The wife was tortured and abused by her husband, but still resigned, determined not to leave her husband but still defended. The husband is still responsible for the family, but he tortures his wife every day. The child dares to beat his father because he loves his mother too much…
The above can be summarized as follows:
Phung is a photographer assigned by the head of the department to take a picture of the sea early in the morning to add to the calendar. He returned to the central coastal area, where he had previously participated in the fight against the US. Phung reunites with Dau, his old friend who is now the chief judge of the district court and is enthusiastically helped by Dau.
Fortunately, after several mornings of patiently “ambushing”, Phung caught the magical moment of Artistic Beauty: Perhaps in my entire life holding a camera, I have never seen a scene of “earth” given to me. like this: in front of me was an ink painting of an ancient artist, the bow of the boat imprinted a vague outline into the milky white fog with a slight pinkish tinge from the sun shining in.
Several figures of adults and children were sitting as still as statues on a cupped roof, facing the shore. All the scenery is seen through the meshes and the net between the two hoof frames appears under a shape like the wings of a bat, the whole scene from the lines to the light is harmonious and beautiful, a The beauty is so simple and perfect that standing in front of it makes me confused, in my heart it feels like something is squeezing.
The above passage is as beautiful as a poem. Nguyen Minh Chau has used language very skillfully to paint a picture of a misty morning seascape with enough lines, light, colors and even images of people. In the milky white morning mist, with a little warm pink light of the morning, the image of a boat from afar is pointing its nose to the shore as beautiful as a dream. On the roof of the boat, the figures sit silently and full of shape.
The close-up is the net of the hooves, the perspective is the boat looming in the mist. The scene is so harmonious that it makes the photographer’s heart tighten because of the feeling of joy and happiness. That is the happiness of discovery and creation, of feeling before the wonderful Beauty.
It seems that when seeing the image of a boat in the distance floating in the misty sea, Phung feels like his soul is purified, becoming clear and pure by the magical beauty of nature. Without having to choose or move anything, he quickly hung up the camera on the track of the pink tank, shot continuously, capturing a quarter of a reel of the ultimate happiness of discovery and creation.
When the feeling of ecstasy and satisfaction brought to him by the wonderful scenery had not yet dissipated, right after that, Phung happened to witness a heartbreaking scene that happened right in front of his eyes: At that moment, the boat hit me right in front of me. A man and a woman leave the boat. They had to wade across a stretch of floodwater that was knee-deep. Unknowingly, I heard the man say to the boat as if shouting: “Stay where you are. Move, I’ll kill you too.”
They appeared at a very close distance, enough for Phung to recognize every clear feature on the woman’s face and the man’s terrifying cruel expression: The woman was in her forties, a familiar figure. of a woman of the sea, tall with rough features. Her face is clear The face is tired after a night of staying awake pulling the net, pale and seems to be sleepy. The man follows.
The back is wide and curved like the back of a boat. Crow’s nest hair. He walked with small feet, steady steps, sun-burned eyebrows hanging down, two cruel eyes always fixed on the back of the woman’s faded and ragged dress, the lower half of the woman’s wet body. … Two people passed in front of me. They walked over to the mine-clearing vehicle. The woman stopped, looked up at the waterfront where the boat was parked for a moment, then raised an arm, perhaps intending to scratch or fix her hair, but then dropped it again, looking down at her feet.
What happened in front of her eyes made Phung unable to imagine. The sandy beach, where the wreck of a broken mine-clearing vehicle was found, became a place of execution: When the woman stopped, looked up at the surface of the wreckage where the boat was parked for a moment, the old man immediately became a hero. tiger, red-faced, he pulled out a belt of the puppet soldiers in the past, … beat the woman on the back, he beat him while he was panting, his teeth gnashed, each stroke. down, the old man cursed again with a groan of pain: “You die for me. We all die for him, please!”.
It is strange that the poor woman did not cry out, did not fight, did not run away, but patiently endured. That scene made Phung so surprised that, in the first few minutes… he just stood there with his mouth wide open. When he threw the camera on the ground and rushed over, an angry boy like a bullet rushed towards the destination and aimed directly at the old man.
The child with tremendous strength grabbed the belt, straightened up and swung the iron buckle in the middle of the old man’s sunburnt muscular chest…. Unable to tie the leather belt, the old man stretched out his wings to give the boy two slaps, causing the boy to stumble and fall into the sand… The child recklessly rushed to save his mother, to block the cruel hand of the father who was in the womb. frenzied rage.
When she learned that a stranger witnessed the violence that had just happened, the woman seemed to feel pain – both painful and extremely embarrassed and humiliated. Call: Pac, my son! the poor woman’s voice filled with humiliation and bitterness. The image of the woman sitting down in front of the boy, hugging him and then letting go, clasping her hands in front of him, then hugging him again… is unusual and also very moving.
She bows down to her child because she is afraid that he will love her mother, defending her mother and beating her father is a crime of filial piety. And the image of the little boy quietly touching his mother’s face with his fingers as if he wanted to wipe away the tears filled with pitted spots left an unforgettable impression on Phung’s mind.
The scene took place and ended so quickly that Phung looked bewilderedly at the right bank when the woman let go of the child, went quickly… chasing the old man. Both of them returned to the boat. The strange thing is: As in the strange old story, the boat with its hooves disappeared, leaving Phung stunned and stunned for some reason!
Nguyen Minh Chau reflected a paradox of life: the natural setting is perfect, but the scene of everyday life is dark and sad. The second time he witnessed the violence, Phung ran to defend the woman. The old man hit him and injured him. He was taken to the district court’s medical station and by chance he heard the unfortunate woman tell about her family situation. Phung and Dau listened with genuine sympathy and compassion.
After seeing that the measures to educate and deter the husband did not work, Dau as the judge invited the woman to the court to discuss this issue. Although this is the second time being invited to the court, the woman still looks scared and confused. At first, she only dared to sit in the corner of the wall, Dau invited again to crept over to sit on the edge of the chair and tried to shrink back. When the judge asked: How, have you thought about it? Then the woman looked up and then lowered her face to say softly: Dear…
Chief Justice Dau thought that the woman understood what she meant, so she had a more friendly and sincere attitude: Dau nodded. He stood up. Suddenly he left the table to stand on the back of the chair the woman was sitting on, his voice became full of anger, different from the voice of a judge: – Three days a light battle, five days a heavy battle. There is no husband like him in the whole country. I haven’t asked his guilt, but I just want to tell you right away: You can’t live with that abusive man! What do you think?
Dau advised her to get a divorce to avoid being abused by her husband. Perhaps Dau believed that his solution was correct, but after the talk, all his arguments were refuted by the poor woman. As soon as the judge finished speaking, the woman looked up in fear, then looked down again.
She clasped her hands and bowed repeatedly and confessed her son to Dau: I bow to you, Your Honor… You can arrest me, you can jail me, don’t force me to leave it… Dau suddenly asked: Why, why? did not seem to understand the confusion. As for Phung, after the woman’s words, he felt that Dau’s sea-breathing bedroom was naturally sucked out of air, becoming too stuffy.
When she heard the judge calling her sister, she suddenly changed her name to grandma and clearly stated her policy of calling for peace – that is, agreeing to her plea, the woman looked at Dau and then at Phung in bewilderment. When she understood, she immediately changed her address, called herself sister, called Dau and Phung the owners in an intimate and sincere tone: Thank you, uncle!… This is what I say honestly, sister. thanks uncles. The uncles’ hearts are good, but the owners are not business people… so the owners do not understand the work of the people who work hard and hard…
Then she talked about her marriage. When she was young, because she was ugly, she was not noticed by anyone. Then she got pregnant with the guy who worked as a fisherman who was grumpy but very gentle… ie, the fierce husband now. She lamented about her poor family background, and how the fishing boat was too small. She gave birth too much, could not feed. That’s why it’s so bad: …whenever he feels so miserable, he takes me out to fight, just like other men in other boats drink wine… If only he drank wine… I would have less suffering… Later on, when the children grow up, I just asked the old man… to take me ashore and fight…
Dau and Phung listened to her talk about the hardships of a woman on a fishing boat without a man, especially during rough seas. Her voice is like a recitation, hoping to hear from listeners: I hope the revolutionaries understand, the fishing women on the boat need to have a man to support them when the storm hits, that’s it. working together to raise a child of more than ten children. God gave birth to a woman to give birth to a child, and then to raise the child until she was an adult, so she had to bear the pain. Women in our boat have to live for their children, not for themselves like on earth! Hope you guys appreciate the backwardness. Guys don’t make me leave it
The woman’s face was somewhat less sorrowful when she said that in a hard and hard life, sometimes there is still joy. That is when husband and wife and children live in harmony and joy, the happiest is when they see their children being full. Witnessing the violent husband beating his wife brutally and listening to the victim’s story, Phung and Dau suddenly realized the second paradox of the situation: The wife was often beaten and abused by her husband; but still patiently resigned, determined not to leave her husband and still defended him. The husband is still responsible for the family, but he is used to torturing his wife every day.
All of the above affected Dau and Phung, causing them to have a change in their perception and thinking, and Phung himself made unexpected discoveries about the relationship between real life and art. In The Boat – in the distance, the story situation is like a concentric circle that artist Phung as well as Chief Justice Dau have to turn around in order to have a moment of enlightenment about the nature of life and discover many things. that they previously only thought one way or never thought about.
For example, behind the absurd is the rational. It doesn’t make any sense that a poor woman is often brutally abused by her husband, but she doesn’t want to leave her husband behind. A seemingly simple problem turns out to be filled with a lot of complexity.
Phung and Dau have different professions: one is an artist, the other is a judge, but their change of perception is the same and comes from a kind heart and a good purpose. After listening to the story of the fishing woman, both were surprised, surprised, and then discovered many new things: This life is full of contradictory situations that books have not mentioned; There are many hidden corners in the human soul that art has not mentioned.
As a chief judge, Dau both acts as a representative of the law and carries out the orders of his heart. He wanted to free the woman from her husband’s brutal beatings with divorce advice. He believed his advice was right, but he was wrong. At first, Dau thought that divorce was the definitive solution to the violence, saving the unhappy woman, but listening to her confided, he found that their husband and wife relationship was much more complicated.
From that, he understood that: To solve life’s complex problems, not only based on goodwill, on law or book theory, but also on understanding and needing practical solutions. It turned out that his kindness was unrealistic kindness. The book knowledge that he had learned became meaningless before the simple but profound arguments of the uneducated woman.
The peace of her family and the future of her children forced her to shut up and endure it all. Her only source of consolation is that her life is not only full of brutal beatings by her husband, but also happy moments such as when the husband and wife get along or when the children are well fed. .
As a person who is about to be discharged from the army and return to be the chief judge of the district court of the sea, Dau still retains the integrity of an outspoken and enthusiastic soldier against evil and evil. Outraged at the husband’s abuse, pitying the abused wife for three days, one light battle, five days one severe one, so he went against the motto of putting reconciliation first while resolving divorce cases. but tell the woman directly: You can’t live with that abusive man! He enforces the law using book theory and moral principles.
That’s why he made a somewhat simple judgment before the special plight of the fishing woman. In response to his kindness, the woman sacrificed his life and begged the court not to force her son to abandon him. An uneducated fisherman, but with deep experience, something just broke out in the head of Bao Cong in the district.
Maybe Dau began to understand that in order to help people get out of a miserable, dark life, there must be practical solutions, not just goodwill or beautiful theories that are far from reality. The woman’s story helps us understand the truth about the tragic cause of domestic violence, which is poverty and deadlock in life. At the same time, we also have a deeper understanding of the sacrifice and psychology of working women in all the adversities of life.
After witnessing the conversation between the fishing woman and Judge Dau, Phung suddenly realized many things. The beauty of the outside sometimes obscures the ugliness of life. At first, Phung was ecstatic at the dreamy, fanciful beauty of the boat in the distance. Later, he realized that that external beauty hid the painful reality inside. Conversely, the ugly can also overwhelm the beautiful. Digging deeply into the scene of the fishing woman, Phung found that the painful reality had made the beauty of people overshadowed.
From that complicated relationship, Phung pondered and made the following comments: To understand the nature of life, the artist cannot look at it superficially and simply, but must have a multi-dimensional, sober view. apple and deep. Phung has discovered other beauties hidden behind the photos and he has put in a lot of effort to capture them. It is not as perfect as the picture of the boat in the distance, but reflects the beauty of a multi-faceted, multi-faceted everyday life.
The artist should never use a monotonous, one-dimensional view of life which is complex and mysterious. The paradox of life is always a challenge for each of us, so don’t forget about reality because of the desire for artistic beauty, because true art is rooted in life and created for life. Before being an artist who can be moved by Beauty, let’s be a person who loves, hates, is happy, sad before all common sense, knows how to act for the good things of life.
The naked truth contained inside The Boat from the far away certainly changed Phung’s way of seeing, thinking and artistic perception. The world photo was sketched by Nguyen Minh Chau, witnessed and shot by the photographer. Art is towards Beauty but cannot be deceitful. Romanticize life, apply pink lipstick, the reality is that life is false and meaningless while the reality of life is sweat and tears.
Phung was shocked to realize that after the dreamlike beauty of the boat in the distance, there were many things that were contrary and pitiful. The situation of the story is created by the contrast between the beauty of the boat in the distance and the confusion in the fishing family.
It is the heavy burden of living on the shoulders that has turned the husband into a brute and makes the wife love her children, because of the harshness of the seafaring profession, because of the poor living situation on the boat and especially because of the understanding of people. Her husband was gentle but stubborn, so she patiently endured her husband’s brutal actions. But the mother did not know that she had hurt the hearts of her children. Because he loves his mother and defends his mother, he hates his own father.
Phung bitterly realized the tragedy and evil that ran rampant in the other fishing boat family like a monstrous detergent, making the magical footage he took so hard to suddenly appear terrible and terrifying. Just as a boat in the distance has a magical beauty in the morning dew, when it comes out of a far distance, fanciful or exposed to the sun, it will become ugly and insignificant.
After meeting and listening to the unfortunate woman talk about herself in the district court, Phung discovered many things about people and the surrounding life. He understood why the woman was resigned to being patient, biting her teeth to live with the man who considered beating his wife as the only way to relieve suffering and resentment. It turns out, on the boat, it is very necessary to have a man because sometimes the sea is rough, the waves are big and windy. Besides, God created women to give birth and raise children to grow up. A wife needs a husband to work together to raise children.
She understood very well that it was only because of poverty and poverty that her husband turned violent. Her love and forgiveness made her forget about the constant pain like the waves of the sea, but the rare happiness like pearls, she kept as a source of comfort: On the boat, there were times when husband and wife and children got along happily. … She said honestly: The most fun is when watching the cubs get full.
The story ends with the results of Phung’s field trip. The photo The boat in the distance was included in the marine landscape calendar and was highly appreciated: The photos I brought back were selected for one… Not only in the calendar that year but forever after, the photo My photos are still hung in many places, especially in art connoisseurs.
Strange, even though it’s a black and white photo, but every time I look closely, I still see the pink rose of the morning dew that I saw at that time from the damaged tank, and if I look longer, I always see it. the woman was walking out of the photograph, it was a tall sea woman with rough features, a patched back of her shirt, a wet bottom half, a pitted face that was pale from nets all night. She walked slowly, her feet stamping on the firm ground, mingling in the winter night…
For Phung, this can be considered as a meaningful trip of discovery and awakening: the art boat is far away, hidden in the fog, while the truth of life is naked and right in front of his eyes. Thereby, we see that the truth of life is sometimes not the truth of art. That is reflected in the details every time Phung looks at and enjoys the beauty of the photo, he feels that the woman is stepping out of the photo.
Through the short story The Boat Beyond, Nguyen Minh Chau raised a lesson about a multifaceted, exploratory view in artistic creation for true artists. From the story situation with the meaning of discovery and discovery of the truth of life and through the change in perception of Phung and Dau, the author has affirmed the relationship between art and reality.
According to him, the duty of the artist is to discover the essence of life. Beauty, the Good must first be the truth, Life is complicated, we cannot simply and briefly look at people and life but need to have a sober and profound look together with the search. explore and discover to understand its true nature.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 10
Nguyen Minh Chau is a great writer in modern Vietnamese literature. His creative journey is divided into two distinct phases. Before the 1980s, he was an epic writer with romantic lyrical tendencies. From the early 1980s until his death, his inspiration in the world with ethical issues and philosophy of life became a rich source of literature in him.
And “The boat far away” is a famous literary work of the second period, representing the journey of artistic creation with the focus on people in the process of making a living. struggling to find happiness.
“The boat in the distance” tells about the situation of artist Phung when he goes looking for the outdoors to take beautiful pictures on a central beach. Here he discovered a “expensive” scene that he had probably never seen in his entire life holding the camera. But behind the romantic photo of nature covered with white mist with pink tint is a grim truth about the life of a fishing family.
Poverty and domestic violence are happening right in front of your eyes. As it turns out, the beauty of art does not coincide with the beauty of life. In the district court, photographer Phung witnessed the touching story of the fishing woman the day before and also through this woman, he began to understand and understand many things in life.
The work is opened with two discoveries of artist Phung. The first discovery was about art, after a week of “ambush” at the beach, Phung also found a scene “expensive” for him. A beautiful and spacious picture of nature appeared in front of his eyes, capturing his whole soul “in front of me is an ink painting of an ancient painter”, “the whole scene from the lines to the light is uniform. harmony and beauty, a real simple and perfect beauty that makes standing in front of it confused, in my heart as if something is squeezing”…
Phung did not hesitate any longer but pressed “constant sound” as if he wanted to bring all those beauties into his lens. The external beauty of things made the other artist immediately bewildered. The second discovery is about life, hidden behind the beauty of art is a paradoxical and sad truth. Behind the beautiful picture of nature is a harsh reality, smeared with the steps of people’s livelihood.
It was the ugly, rough, tired, and doomed wife. That is an abusive husband, who considers venting his anger on his wife with his belt pounding down his back as a relief, “You die for him. We all die for him, please!”. Hidden behind the perfect beauty lies endless cruelty. All the realities of life exposed in front of Phung’s eyes are extremely unexpected, ironic, and evil.
Nguyen Minh Chau from the very beginning also cleverly interwoven that into the title “The boat in the distance” – a name that is easily associated with another name: “far away” – “closer”. In the distance, the boat is a symbol of beauty, of perfection, of the desire to capture every romantic and poetic moment with the emotion of a photographer.
Up close, it is a picture of life that is extremely harsh, thorny and complicated, it has been covered by a faint pink mist that if not hard to open, all are deceived. Phung was amazed at that situation, at first “just stood there with his mouth wide open”, then “throw the camera on the ground and rushed over”.
Two discoveries of artist Phung have brought a deep meaning to the work, meaning of discovering and discovering life. First of all, it is the relationship between art and life. Appreciating things if only stopping at the beauty, the outer attractiveness is to ignore the dimension, the meaning of depth, is to escape from reality. We see, approaching reality at a distance “far away” is difficult to penetrate the stories behind the landscape painting when “closer”. Also the same object, but different approaches and attitudes will lead to many different situations in life.
The story of the woman in the district court is also an important content to open up profound lessons for readers. Human fate is gradually shown through the characters’ dialogue, thereby opening up the philosophical depth of the work. Through the woman’s narration, Phung gradually had a break in perception, gradually realizing the multidimensionality and complexity in each person and each situation.
Invited by the court to settle family matters, the woman was present at the court, where Dau worked – Phung’s close friend. At first, the woman seemed confused, full of fear, called “son” and called Dau “priest”. After that, she suddenly changed to “sister”, calling Phung and Dau “uncle”. That title has a special meaning, from a small, resigned woman became a teacher, a judge who taught Phung and Dau how to look at life and see life.
We see that, despite suffering “three days a light battle, five days a heavy battle”, from beginning to end, the woman still refused to give up her husband, no matter how much advice Phung and Dau had to give. Her life is a stretch of unhappiness, she not only lives for herself, but also for her husband and children. She blamed herself for that poverty because she gave birth too much and sympathized and understood for her husband “my old husband was a grumpy but gentle son who never beat me”.
She sacrificed her whole life to live for her children “we women have to live for your children, you can’t live for yourself like on earth”. She treasures and saves every little happiness “the most fun is to see our children eat well”. From that, we see, the image of a woman who cannot be simply looked at from the outside is not just a resigned woman, a victim of violence, a person born with sufferings like a happy fate. cards but also represent the patience of the mother and wife; represents love and responsibility for children, husband, and family.
Phung’s photo is the crystallization of a process of exploration and discovery of the reality of life in a diverse and multi-dimensional way “although it is a black and white photo, every time I look closely, I still see the pink color appearing. The rose of the morning dew was then visible from the damaged tank, and if I looked any longer, I would always see the woman walking out of the picture.” Still the image of “a pale back with a patch”, the image of a woman in Phung’s photo has left a residue in the hearts of readers forever.
In terms of art, Nguyen Minh Chau first succeeded in building the plot. That’s how to create a situation of discovery and discovery about life, especially through the image of the artist Phung. Initially, Phung looked at life through the eyes of an artist. After that, through events, events, perceptions and views have changed, from poetic to reality, deepening understanding of women and Phac’s sisters…
Besides, the indefinite way of calling “fisherman woman” as a general way of calling it, indicates a common fate of people who work hard in their livelihood. How to describe and build a language system suitable to the character’s characteristics. The old man appeared with a rough, cruel figure through violent, obscene language. That crude, ugly, unhappy woman was built with tenderness, love for children and understanding of the world…
Through the work “The boat in the distance”, we can understand why Nguyen Minh Chau is considered “among the writers who paved the way for the most elite and talented of our literature today”. Through the characters in the story, the writer has shown us the journey to discover the truth of life at the moral and ethical level by putting people, how to see people as the center of literary and artistic creation. art.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 5
Nguyen Minh Chau (1930-1989), was a romantic epic writer, before 1975 his works were mainly written on the topic of soldiers. However, after 1980, his compositions went deep into the inspiration of the private life with ethical issues and genuine philosophy. The Boat in the Distance is a typical work of that style, with simple words in everyday life, the story recounts a photographer’s field trip and his profound reflections on art and life.
Nguyen Minh Chau has described a wonderful, poetic, beautiful natural picture that captivates people. That picture is strangely attractive to those who know how to love and enjoy beauty like Phung. In order to have a satisfactory artistic calendar of boats and the sea, the head of the department asked photographer Phung to take an additional photo with the foggy morning seascape.
On the occasion of his trip to visit Dau, his old war friend, now a district judge, Phung went to a sea that was his old battlefield during the anti-American era. It’s been several mornings and he still hasn’t taken a picture. After a week, Phung took a beautiful picture of the boat in the distance: “a boat with hooves, like an ink painting of an ancient painter”.
The bow of the boat is imprinted with a hazy blur, the milky white fog with a slight pinkish tinge because the sun shines on “the whole scene from the lines to the light is harmonious and beautiful, a simple beauty. simplicity and perfection” made Phung confused and in his heart “as if something was squeezing it”, in that confused moment Phung “thought he had just discovered the truth of perfection, discovered the truth. see the pure air of the soul”.
The sublime beauty of the scenery brought a moment of happiness to Phung’s soul, he shot continuously to capture all the great beauty of the scene into his lens. However, reality is not so beautiful.
The author describes that wonderful picture at the same time as the life of a fishing village family, a family with a lot of pain. There, the author focuses on portraying the character of a fishing woman with an unfortunate fate, who daily suffers from the tragedy of domestic violence. An anonymous woman, ugly but tolerant, selfless and understanding life deeply. A typical woman for the hidden beauty of coastal women in particular and Vietnamese women in general.
That woman is over 40, she doesn’t have a name, when the author calls her “mum”, when she calls her “sister”. The woman had a husband who only drank, cursed and beat. But with love for her children, she still tries to cling to the sea, keep the house, and take care of her children.
She patiently fought, “3 days of light battles, 5 days of heavy battles” because she understood that the boat in the middle of the sea needed a man to support her. The picture of the boat is beautiful, but the real life of the fishing family on the boat is not beautiful. That paradox poses a problem for the artist about the relationship between art and life.
The author also built a portrait of the character Phung. Phung is a talented artist, passionate about beauty and responsible for his profession. Phung has a kind heart, loves people when he sees it and is ready to help a strange woman suffering injustice. Although he does not accept evil, Phung is not deep enough in life. Phung used to be a soldier fighting to liberate the South from invaders but could not liberate the fate of the unfortunate woman.
How to bring out the good part in that man (the husband of a fishing woman). In a family like the husband and wife family of a fishing village, what will children like Phac and young Phac grow up to be? What will artists like Phung, social managers like Dau do to make life less of such people? Through the woman’s story, Phung understands more deeply: it is not possible to be simple in the view of life and people.
The boat in the distance, with the construction of a unique and novel story situation, with the meaning of discovery, and the way of giving the pen to the narrator (character Phung) has left a deep impression. The work has brought readers interesting contemplations about life, people and even art.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 1
Writer Nguyen Minh Chau is one of the famous authors of the Vietnamese literary village in the renovation period. He is considered “the most talented and elite pioneer”. Before 1975, he was a romantic epic writer, writing a lot on the subject of soldiers.
However, after 1980, his compositions delve deeply into the inspiration of private life with ethical issues, and philosophy of life. He explores people in their livelihood, in the hard journey of finding happiness, discovering hidden and hidden gems in each person. A typical example of the artist’s search for themes and responsibilities is the work The Boat Beyond, printed in a collection of stories of the same name in 1987.
The short story was born in August 8 and was printed in a collection of short stories of the same name, when the nation’s national defense war was over. The country entered a new period, the period of independence and reunification. Peacetime life with all aspects of life, poses the need to re-perceive reality and human life before because the circuTaxances of the war have not yet been set.
As a work that meets that need, ”The Boat in the Distance” has become one of the best works of Nguyen Minh Chau and represents the inspiration of private life, the general trend of Vietnamese literature. study Vietnam in the doi moi period.
The short story is divided into three parts. Part one: from the beginning to the “disappearing hooves”. In this part, the author goes into detail about two discoveries of the character Phung. Part two: next to “the middle of the lagoon” is the story of a fishing woman in the district court. And the remaining third – the author talks about the photo selected for the calendar that year.
The work opens with a beautiful painting recorded by artist Phung on a misty morning in a central lagoon. Phung is a photography artist, assigned by his superiors to take a photo of the boat and the sea to post in that year’s calendar.
He went to practice in the Central Coast where he had fought before and had a friend there. When he came here, he encountered a beautiful picture that was the image of the boat and the sea in the morning dew. This is also the unique situation of the story through which we see many things in this life. But after that painting, Phung made a new discovery.
First of all, this short story has a very unique story situation. Situation is a key issue for short stories. The writer finds a unique situation that will keep the reader engaged with the story. The situation is the situation where the story happens, when the character is in that situation, it will most clearly reveal the nature, personality, and qualities of the person. The situation can also be a turning point that changes fate, perception, or sometimes reveals the hidden deep cores of the story.
The story situation of ‘The Outer Boat’ is a situation of perception and discovery. This is an unexpected and paradoxical situation. The situation of the story is shown through two discoveries of the photographer Phung. The situation helped Phung realize many things about life, people and art. Life is full of contradictions, surprises and paradoxes. It is necessary to get close to life to discover the inner truth and the depth of nature. It is necessary to have a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted view to understand the inside of human destiny and soul.
Art must always be associated with life to have meaning. The first discovery of artist Phung is the perfect and poetic natural scene. The artist discovered a beauty in the misty sea. It is a scene of a boat in the early morning slowly approaching the shore. The scene makes the artist feel lucky and happy to witness such a wonderful painting. It is like “an ink painting of an ancient painter”. “The bow of the boat prints a vaguely blurred…projected in”. Several figures of adults and children were slowly approaching the shore.
The whole scene from lines to light colors are in harmony with each other to create a perfect beauty. The author calls it a “expensive” scene, a beauty that in a fortunate life is fortunate enough to encounter once. Artist Phung himself realized that beauty is moral. Before that ink painting, Phung felt confused in his heart as if something was squeezing. It was a bleak moment in life.
The artist feels full of happiness, he sees the pure emotions of the soul, feels the truth-goodness-beauty of life. He felt his soul being purified to become clear and pure. Through the feelings of the character Phung, the author introduces the concept of beauty. Beauty must have the effect of purifying the soul, directing people to the truth-goodness-beauty, beauty is morality.
But the more beautiful the scene, the darker the reality of life. That was Phung’s second discovery before that wonderful scene. The harsh reality of people with the unfortunate fate of the people here, especially the fishing woman, appears. Stepping out of that dreamlike fisherman’s boat were an ugly woman and a fierce man, the couple embodying poverty and hunger.
It was their facial features that partly spoke of the miserable life they had to endure. The wife is “about 40”, “pocket face”, “tall and rough body”, “back of shirt is white”, “face shows fatigue after a long night of staying up and pulling the net” … it seems like a lot The wind, rain, and sun of heaven and earth shone directly on that woman. And the man is nothing more than: “has a wide back”, walks with a “poisonous, evil” face. Both of them embody the hardships and poverty of the fishermen.
A scene took place that made artist Phung unable to believe his eyes and the beautiful scene suddenly turned into a very bad image. The two miserable people walked into the damaged tank and were surprised at the scene: “The old man immediately became aggressive, his face turned red, he pulled out a belt … he was out of anger. angry like fire by using his belt to hit the woman, he beat and worshiped, his teeth gnashing .. “.
In the “far boat”, an irony, bitter truth: Father and son of the old fisherman considered each other as enemies. “The boy ran in a straight line, the anger was tense… immediately jumped into the old man. he immediately straightened up and swung the iron lock to the middle of the old man’s chest. The artist Phung bitterly realizes that the contradictions and tragedies in the fishing boat family have been the strange detergent that makes magical footage of the camera that he has worked so hard to create the art of. a far-survival life truth.
The picture of the boat is beautiful, but the real life of the fishing family on the boat is not pretty. That paradox poses a problem for the artist about the relationship between art and life. “Art should not be the moonlight that deceives” (Nam Cao). The tears of the fishing woman fell to fill those interlaced coaxing notes. A grim sight contrasted with the fisherman-like beauty of the boat.
With these two findings, Phung suddenly realized that life is not simply one-sided, but contains many paradoxes and contradictions. There are always opposites in life, good and bad, good and evil. Here the writer insists not to confuse the phenomenon with the nature, the outer form with the inner content. When looking at life’s assessment, it is necessary to have a multi-dimensional view.
If the short story just stops here, it certainly won’t be attractive enough to leave an echo in the hearts of readers. That is why the confessions of the fishing woman at the district court were written. After witnessing the brutal violence by the damaged tank, Phung told Judge Dau, a former comrade of his, to ask for help. Phung and Dau both had good intentions, hoping that the woman would get rid of her husband. brute force.
Therefore, the fishing woman was invited by Judge Dau to the district court and the solution was given to divorce her husband. The woman who came to the district court at first was very scared and closed in after listening to Dau’s analysis and help, then she suddenly calmed down and changed her address to no longer shy away and speak out. share their own thoughts. Her narration leaves the reader in awe. The beauty of the soul hidden deep by the ugly appearance of that woman made Judge Dau and the character Phung realize many things.
The woman recounted her life that: Before, she was also a well-to-do daughter, but after a bout of chickenpox made her coax no one to marry her. Her husband was a gardener then. Her parents lost the man who saved her life, that’s why she was beaten, but she couldn’t bear to leave her husband and benefactor. Now her life is miserable both physically and mentally.
Her family lived together on a small boat. That boat is both a means of making a living and also a shelter from the sun and rain. She was regularly beaten, three days a light battle, five days a heavy one. But she did not fight her husband, resigned, patient, she took a beating as a matter of course, even afraid that her children would see her begging her husband to beat her when she got ashore.
When she heard the advice of Dau and Phung, she knew their kindness, but she was determined not to leave her husband because the husband was the biggest spiritual support of the family, especially during storms. The woman needed a husband because she had to raise the other children. And moreover, on the boat, there are times when the family is happy and happy. The woman saved the small happiness of everyday life when she saw her children eat well.
Thi admitted her fault, saying that it was her fault to have many children. In the mind of Phung, Dau and Phac, the other man was rude, cruel, and barbaric, worthy of condemnation. But with his understanding and sympathetic wife, the man was just a victim, he was very gentle before, and because of his poor life, he was like that. From there, it shows that the fishing woman is an uneducated, ugly woman, but she has a kind heart that represents the beauty of the soul of a Vietnamese woman. Thi is a person who accepts sacrifices to live for her children, a selfless and profound person.
Before these reasons, at first, Dau and Phung felt disgruntled, but later they seemed to realize many things. Phung was a soldier who fought to liberate the South from the clutches of the invaders but was unable to liberate the country. the fate of the unhappy woman. Through the woman’s story, Phung understands more deeply: it is not possible to be simple in the view of life and people.
This life is not only lived for myself or it is what I see on the surface but it is the hidden part of the other story. The beauty of the fishing woman has given readers a message, a philosophy. It is to see things holistically. That is the true value of this life. From a timid woman who was afraid of a woman to a deep-seated woman, the two had to let her go back to their family.
The story ends when the perfect picture is chosen to be printed in the calendar that year and the picture is still hung in art connoisseurs forever. This confirms the artistic value of the painting. The story of the fishing woman went deep into Phung’s subconscious as an experience that every time he looked at the picture he remembered it. For him, when standing in front of the black and white photo, he saw a pink color in the early morning and looking more closely, he saw that coming out of the picture was a blue-collar fishing woman.
Thus, if the picture of the boat and the sea is understood as the image of art and the fishing woman coming out of the picture is the image of life, then Art and life must be linked together. Art that originates from life must also be associated with life. Art must always be associated with life to have meaning.
With a unique and novel way of building story situations, meaning discovery and discovery of life, and how to give the pen to the narrator (character Phung), “The boat in the distance” has left deep impression. Nguyen Minh Chau’s success is to bring readers a work full of philosophy and contemplation about life, people and even art. The philosophies are always true of all times.
Nguyen Minh Chau is one of the first writers of the doi moi period who has deeply explored the truth of life, bravely expressing the hidden corners of life right in our good social system. True to the words of writer Nguyen Minh Chau said: “Writers do not have the right to look at things simply, and writers should strive to dig up human nature into historical depths”.
The short story “The boat far away” shows a true lesson about how to see life and people: Each person in the world, especially an artist, cannot simply and briefly look at life and people. People. Need a multi-dimensional view, discover the true nature behind the external beauty of the phenomenon. At the same time, the work is imprinted with the narrative style – the philosophy of writer Nguyen Minh Chau.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 3
Art and reality always have a close relationship with each other, a genuine work to shine must have a harmony with the beauty of real life. Writer Nam Cao once said: “Art need not be the moonlight that deceives, it should not be the moonlight that deceives! Art can only be the sound of that suffering, coming out of miserable lives…”.
Art is a field of new creativity, but it must be associated with people to maintain its inherent standard values. The boat in the distance of writer Nguyen Minh Chau is a colorful realistic picture, hidden behind the story of fate and human life. The author looked at life with multi-faceted, multi-dimensional eyes, reflecting the true nature behind the flashy external beauty of the phenomenon.
Nguyen Minh Chau was born in Quynh Hai commune (now Son Hai), Quynh Luu district, Nghe An province. At the age of twenty, he joined the army until 1962, when he turned to the path of literary composition. Before the 80s, his pen tended to be epic and romantic with typical works: Estuary (novel, 1967), Different skies (collection of short stories, 1970), Footprints of people soldiers (novel, 1972),… Until the 80s, Nguyen Minh Chau focused on researching people’s lives, his works were inspired by ethical issues and human philosophies. Born, special with short stories: Woman on the express train (1983), Ben countryside (1985), Co reed (1989), …
The Outer Boat, created by him in 1987, tells the story of the photographer’s business trip and his profound contemplations of beauty and life. It can be said that Nguyen Minh Chau is one of the excellent writers who “paved the way” for Vietnamese literature in the renovation period.
The boat in the distance is a literary work with a very unique story situation, attracting readers right from the first sentences. It can be said that the story situation is the key to operating the whole plot, the fulcrum for the reader to fully explore a prose work. The story situations are the twists, surprises, novelties, etc. As a key point to attract readers, writer Nguyen Minh Chau thinks that the story situation is “the situation of the story, the moment when in which life appears very dense”, that outstanding event can be a turning point to change the perception and fate of a person’s life.
The story situation is also the moment in which the character reveals his character and nature, from which the ideological theme of the story is lit. With his talent and artistic style, Nguyen Minh Chau has built a story situation that is full of surprises and contains paradoxes of life, which are two discoveries of artist Phung.
On a clear morning, the sky was full of fog, small raindrops sporadically fell, Phung continued his “ambush” work to find a picture of a fishing boat at dawn. The artist has spent a lot of effort but has not yet had a unique and new photo to print in next year’s Tet calendar. While he was changing the film, when he looked up, he witnessed a strange thing, a stunning beauty scene that made the artist’s heart seem to vibrate strongly that was “a boat with hooves” climbing. straight in front of him.
In his whole life of making art, Phung has probably never seen such a “expensive” scene, a scene described by the author as “as beautiful as an ink painting of an ancient painter”. The bow of the boat is hidden, flickering in the white fog with a “slightly pink color due to the sun’s” phase, on the boat are silhouettes of people sitting as still as wax figures. All those scenes are approaching more and more “wings of a bat”, the picture is in harmony from lines to light and has a “simple and perfect” beauty.
As an artist with a sensitive soul, in front of that beautiful scene, Phung suddenly felt confused, in his heart “as if something was squeezing”. It seems that the feeling of happiness is rising strongly, in that moment the artist realized the truth – goodness – beauty of life right in front of his eyes. Is beauty ethical? No need to choose or move anymore, Phung raised his eyes and clicked “constantly” as if afraid that the beautiful scenery would disappear in a moment.
The paradox of life begins here, when the boat approaches the shore, the image of a couple leaving the boat, they wade across a stretch of lagoon, the water is up to their knees. For a moment, the man’s voice echoed and shouted at the children in the boat. The image of a busy couple coming out of a heavenly beautiful boat, the husband is tall, rude, with a fierce expression, and the woman’s rough face is full of fatigue.
With just a few sentences describing the author’s appearance, it partly makes the reader disillusioned, behind the flashy look of the boat, the person appears to be real, without any flowery beauty. But more cruel is the scene of the violent man’s wife abuse, he pulled out “an old puppet soldier’s belt”, no one said a word, he vented his anger like a burning fire. The force hit the woman’s back, panting while hitting her, her teeth gnashing.
With each stroke, he raised his curse words in a “whispering, painful” voice: “You die for me. You all die for him, please!” The woman still sat still, “endurance, patience” without a word of pleading or complaint, neither fighting nor running away. The incident happened so quickly, so suddenly that artist Phung could not believe what was happening in front of his eyes. In the first few minutes, he could only “stand with his mouth open and look”. From nowhere, Phac rushed forward faster than an arrow, snatched the belt and whipped it into his father’s “barely sunburnt chest”.
The scene of the husband brutally beating his wife, the resigned wife, and the child beating the father is in stark contrast to the beauty of the fisherman’s boat. The author has painted a realistic picture of life hidden behind the flashy beauty with a grim reality, if we only look at things outside, we will not be able to see through its essence, cannot evaluate a single object. phenomenon comprehensively. The beauty of art is not strong enough to make a person’s moral and personality qualities.
The reality of “healing pearls have stains, many things in life” are not simple, one-dimensional, but always exist with many opposite colors that cannot be answered. The paradox does not stop there, but continues to be exploited by the author in the character of a fishing woman. The woman was in her forties, a typical coastal figure, tall with “rough features”. His appearance was ugly, his face was pitted after a day of smallpox, his face was pale after a long night of staying awake.
Born in a well-off family, but because of the bad, no one took it. At first, when she was invited to the court by Judge Dau, the woman was confused and afraid, and found a place to sit. When she was advised by the judge to leave her husband, she was very worried and scared and begged the court: “You can arrest me, you can jail me, don’t force me to leave it”. It is strange that an abusive husband who beats “three days one light, five days one heavy” is nothing for her to be attached to without giving up.
A husband, once he dared to hit his wife and curse like that, then what else would he want to be happy about, but the woman would definitely not leave. If you only look at what is in front of you, then this woman is really to blame, to blame for letting herself suffer physical and mental pain, to blame for her own incompetence and cowardice. But no, life does not inherently expose us to the cruel twists and turns.
Behind the shyness of the fishing village woman is a noble sacrifice for the sake of her children, for the sake of a peaceful family, she understands the suffering of her husband. Through her story, her young husband was grumpy but gentle, she was grateful to him for saving her honor, still married even though she knew she was pregnant with another man. The situation was poor, with more children, the burden of food and clothing seemed to be on the husband’s shoulders.
When it was stormy, the whole family only ate “boiled cactus with salt”, the woman smacked her mouth as if “watching her whole life”, she admitted all the blame for herself “if only I had less children”. What a respectable woman, even though she has endured much suffering and humiliation, she has never complained, she always sees the suffering of others to understand and tolerate their mistakes.
Year-round floating on the sea – the only source of life for the whole family with so many mouths to eat, the woman is patient because she loves her children, they are still young if there is no caring hand of the mother, what will happen? Will the dry, rough man teach, care, protect them? Women in the fishing village need a man to steer the boat when the weather is stormy, they are weak and cannot withstand the storm on the sea alone, “God gave birth to a woman to give birth. children, then raise them until they grow up, so they have to bear the pain” so they “have to live for their children, not for themselves”.
A woman’s only small happiness is when she looks at her children “they are well fed”, even when happy or happy, it is also because thinking about the children has never once thought for themselves. The woman’s face lit up like a smile when she thought of the times when husband and wife and children lived happily and harmoniously.
It seems that the love for her child as well as the pain, the understanding of the ups and downs of the “her” life never reveals itself, but hides it in her heart. The beauty of a fishing woman has prompted us to think about life, we cannot look at things in a one-sided way, but we have to put it in a comprehensive perspective to evaluate and consider. Art must be a mirror reflecting reality to be true art.
Nguyen Minh Chau has built a unique story situation, the symbolic image of “the boat in the distance” is a metaphorical art for a lonely life, floating on the great sea of life. Unique narrative art, the narrator is Phung, a seasoned artist, experienced on the battlefield. The language of the story is authentic, rich in creative images and attractive to readers.
The Boat Beyond is an excellent literary work of Nguyen Minh Chau, leaving us with valuable lessons about the philosophy of life, empathy, and sharing with those in need. From the meaningful story situation as a knot for readers to discover the truth of life, from the changes in human perception, the author has clearly shown the connection between art and reality. Writers as well as secretaries of the times, must be responsible for recreating life in their artistic pen.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 4
One of the famous names of the Vietnamese literary village during the renovation period is Nguyen Minh Chau. He is considered to be “the most elite and talented pioneer”. Before 1975, he was a romantic epic writer, writing a lot on the subject of soldiers. However, after 1980, his compositions delve deeply into the inspiration of the private life with ethical issues, and genuine philosophy. One of the typical works of that style is ‘The Boat in the Distance’.
Short stories were born in 1983, and in 1987 were printed in a collection of short stories of the same name. 1983 was the period of our country’s independence. Peacetime life with all aspects of life, poses the need to re-perceive reality and human life. As a work that meets that need, ‘The Boat in the distance’ has become one of the best works of Nguyen Minh Chau and represents the inspiration of private life, the general trend of Vietnamese literature. Southern reform period.
The short story is divided into three parts. Part one: from the beginning to the “disappearing hooves”. In this part, the author delves into telling and analyzing two findings of the character Phung. Part two: next to the “middle of the break”. The story of the fishing woman is told here. The remaining third. The author talks about the photo selected for the calendar that year.
First of all, this short story has a very unique story situation. As everyone knows, situation is the key to short stories. The writer finds a unique situation that will keep the reader engaged with the story. The situation is the situation where the story happens, when the character is in that situation, it will most clearly reveal the nature, personality, and qualities of the person. The situation can also be a turning point that changes fate, perception, or sometimes reveals the hidden deep cores of the story.
The story situation of ‘The Outer Boat’ is a cognitive situation. This is an unexpected and paradoxical situation. The situation of the story is shown through two discoveries of the photographer Phung. The situation helped Phung realize many things about life, people and art. Life is full of contradictions, surprises and paradoxes. It is necessary to get close to life to discover the inner truth and the depth of nature. It is necessary to have a multi-dimensional, multi-faceted view to understand the inside of human destiny and soul. Art must always be associated with life to have meaning.
Going into the first part of the story is a beautiful and poetic natural scene. Phung captured a “scene of heaven and earth”: a boat shimmering in the morning dew with the pink morning sun. An ink painting of an ancient painter. Standing in front of that beautiful scene, the artist felt his heart was “squeezed in”. The artist feels full of happiness, he sees the pure emotions of the soul, feels the truth-goodness-beauty of life.
He felt his soul being purified to become clear and pure. Through the feelings of the character Phung, the author introduces the concept of beauty. Beauty must have the effect of purifying the soul, directing people to the truth-goodness-beauty, beauty is morality. But to perfect his concept of art, Nguyen Minh Chau let his character witness the story of the life of a fishing woman. It is a person who embodies poverty and hunger.
From the dream-like boat emerged a couple. The wife is “about 40”, “pocket face”, “tall, rough body”, “faint back”, “face shows fatigue after a night of staying up and pulling the net”. The man “has a wide back”, a “poisonous, fierce” face. Both of them embody the hardships and poverty of the fishermen. The remarkable point is the violence scene of these two people.
The husband beat the wife brutally, the wife endured the beating. A grim sight contrasted with the fisherman-like beauty of the boat. It was from that brutal scene that the author was able to convey his message. It is a life with many paradoxes and contradictions, if only observing from the outside or from afar, it is impossible to detect the truth inside it. The beauty of art through the lens of the artist cannot be strong enough to make human morality in life.
If the short story stops here, it will certainly not be attractive enough to leave an echo in the hearts of readers. That is why the confessions of the fishing woman at the district court were written. After witnessing the brutal violence by the damaged tank, Phung told Judge Dau, a former comrade of his, to ask for help. The fishing woman was invited by Judge Dau to advise her to divorce her husband.
But then her confided words surprised not only the two boys but also the readers. The beauty of the soul hidden deep by the ugly appearance of that woman made Judge Dau and the character Phung realize many things. Despite being brutally beaten “three days a heavy battle, five days a light battle”, but the woman still decided not to leave her husband. Because she loves her children and wants them to be full.
Because she loved her husband and worked hard but couldn’t help, she was beaten hoping to be able to share it with her husband. Then she admitted her fault, she was grateful to her husband. She saved the small happiness “on the boat, there are times to live happily”. The beauty of the fishing woman has given readers a message, a philosophy. It is to see things holistically. Art that originates from life must also be associated with life.
At the end of the story, the author repeats the photo taken by artist Phung to emphasize its influence. The story of the fishing woman has gone deep into Phung’s subconscious as an experience that every time he looks at the picture, he remembers it.
With a unique and novel way of building story situations, meaning discovery and discovery of life, and how to give the pen to the narrator (the character Phung), “The boat in the distance” has left deep impression. Nguyen Minh Chau’s success has brought readers a work full of philosophy and contemplation about life, people and even art. These philosophies are always true for all times.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 8
Nguyen Minh Chau is a typical writer, with a writing style rich in symbols in the country’s literature. His works always make the reader toss and turn, think a lot. The short story “The Boat Beyond” is such an evocative story. The image of a woman in a fishing village is an image that leaves people with many obsessions and concerns about people’s lives in the renovation period.
The boat in the distance tells about the creative journey of photographer Phung when he came to this coastal land. And from this trip, he realized many dimensions of life, many hidden corners that people still miss. The image of a woman is a terrifying image that is both confusing, disturbing, and painful. It can be said that the people of the fishing village are a symbol of the difficult and disadvantaged lives of women.
The woman appearing in the story of Phung’s photographer is a person full of hard work. Nguyen Minh Chau with delicate drawings has sketched an evocative image of “a woman in her 40s, a familiar body of the herd and the sea, tall with rough lines.
She has a tired face after a long night of staying up and pulling the net, pale, seems to be sleepy.” A woman who impresses the reader from the very first lines, full of hardship, full of suffering and full of compassion. That woman continues to haunt the reader with the detail “the shirt is faded with patches, the lower body is wet”, which has somewhat evoked bitterness and misery. In the midst of the immense sea, there was a person who made others toss and turn like this.
The woman was full of resignation and patience when her husband was angry and scolded. Her eyes seem to penetrate deeply into the reader’s heart, haunting until she closes the page. Her eyes were full of pity, full of resentment and also full of love for her children.
Along the process of finding the beauty of Phung’s photography, the woman became the focus of that beauty. A beauty full of difficulty, toil and suffering. Her husband’s violent actions made her stay silent, no one complained a word. And that resignation was repeated when she was called to stand trial. Although “three days a light battle, five days a heavy battle” but the woman still “didn’t say a word”.
The shape of “she sits on the edge of the chair and tries to shrink back” makes Phung, for Dau, and for the reader an obsession that is hard to let go. However, just a moment, “the woman was confused and afraid.” Perhaps her life was too heavy, too dreary over the years.
The episode where the woman bows down so that her son doesn’t do foolish things to her father, as well as bows to the judge, shows even more resignation, patience, and sacrifice, “You can arrest me, you can go to jail. I can do it, don’t make me leave it.” When going to the end of pain, when there is a way to liberation, is the woman still quietly and willingly enduring suffering? Is it for what? Wasn’t it because of that mother’s self-sacrifice?
The woman’s confession about life, her husband, and her children makes others both pity and admire. A woman who loves her husband, loves her husband despite being abused by her husband. The woman loves her children, loves them unconditionally, doesn’t ask for anything.
When she mentions the detail “the most fun is when we can sit and watch our children eat their fill”, perhaps the reader is in tears. The children are the strength for her to survive, to survive and be resilient until now. A mother quietly sacrificed her life for her children, a mother who endured everything just for a piece of rice and clothes for her children. A poor, obstinate mother, but loves her children endlessly. Her life is full of pain and tears, but there are so many beautiful and precious qualities.
It is no coincidence that the author only calls the character “a woman”, perhaps not just a single woman, but maybe we also encounter many women with the same situation in any beach. What a beautiful sea. Nguyen Minh Chau has painted a portrait that makes readers think and ponder about the lives of many people around us.
And the image that photographer Phung captures as well as what he thinks about this woman is a philosophy, a philosophy for this multi-dimensional view of life. This woman’s pale, wet back probably still reflects many people.
That woman is the art of Nguyen Minh Chau, just as the author used his mind to paint that image. The image of a fishing village woman in the short story “The boat in the distance” has sent many messages to readers about the life and good qualities of women.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 2
For Nguyen Minh Chau, the writer exists in life to raise sleep for those who are on the same path, who are lost, who are driven to a corner by evil and bad luck, to advocate for those who have no one. advocate. The desire to defend and protect the people who have been trampled, persecuted and rejected like that, together with an earnest heart to search for the hidden beauty deep in the heart of each person, has become a source of light to help people. Nguyen Minh Chau wrote The Boat Beyond, one of the masterpieces of Vietnamese literature during the renovation period.
The work contains human values, profound philosophies about human life with the author’s multi-faceted, multi-dimensional eyes, about the relationship that is only separated by a very thin line, which is the reality of life and art. .
Nguyen Minh Chau is famous for many works such as Ben countryside, The boat is far away, Co reed, … writer Nguyen Trung Thanh once praised “Nguyen Minh Chau belongs to among the most elite and talented writers who paved the way” of Vietnamese literature in the renovation period. Throughout his life as a writer, he always pondered and searched for the precious pearl still hidden in the soul of every most ordinary person.
The Outer Boat was born in August 8, printed in the volume Ben countryside (1983), later became the common title for the book The Outer Boat. The work is the story of a photographer named Phung’s long-distance business trip, after which he realized new conceptions of art, beauty and human life, full of rough spots. .
The boat in the distance begins with a unique and unexpected plot, if the emotional and structural circuit is what people rely on to find out the content of a poetic text, the story situation is a starting point. certainly to exploit, explore the unique features of a work of prose.
Those are twists and turns, unexpected and strange events to open a long story in the back, but in the opinion of Nguyen Minh Chau, the story situation is “a situation in which life appears in dense, the moment that contains a lifetime”. From the situation of the story, the character’s fate is revealed, and also from the story situation, the theme as well as the values that the author builds are revealed in a subtle and unique way.
During a long business trip, after many mornings of “ambush” at the beach, luck finally came to photographer Phung, an “expensive scene” appeared right in front of his eyes, but perhaps throughout his life. He had never seen a camera in his whole life, it was a scene likened to “an ink painting of an ancient painter”. Insanely happy, to the point that he raised his camera and clicked “shoot” through a quarter of the film.
The scene of the fishing boat docked, under the misty “pink” sunlight is really beautiful, making people dumbfounded, their hearts tightened by the “simplicity and perfection”. Thus, Phung’s first discovery is “discovering the truth of perfection, discovering the moment of purity of the soul”, that the beauty of art is moral.
But thinking that such a beautiful scene would be forever without a blemish, Phung’s second discovery seemed to reverse the beauty of perfection, destroy the perfection, the perfection, and destroy the “silence” flamboyant” of a beautiful and peaceful morning. A rough and rude woman walked out from the “ink painting”, a rude, brusque man followed with a scary “kill” shout.
The scene of domestic violence took place right in front of Phung’s eyes, the man directly hit the woman’s back with a belt, he beat him madly while uttering malicious curses “You die for me, please! We all die for him, please!”. Without a resistance, the woman silently endured the beating, without running away, seemingly hardened, bored, and patient.
Phung was stunned because just before, these people were still playing a role in the perfect and perfect scene, but now, in front of him, is the cruel reality, which is like a painful slap to the soul. of an artist who loves beauty. With the honest and moral soul of a person, Phung threw the camera right away, intending to intervene in that miserable scene, but was more surprised when their son rushed in and grabbed the father’s belt. fought back to protect his mother, the old man gave him a slap, then left.
Oh! What is going on in the middle of a morning like this, Phung was shocked, Phung was shocked at the scene when the husband beat his wife, the children beat the father, then the father beat the children, it was chaotic, destroying all the beautiful beauty that he had just received. go out. Only now did he realize that the boundary between the perfect, perfect beauty and the cruel truth of life was only a thin curtain, they could not withstand the ravages of reality. ugly life.
The reality and paradox of life are almost clearly shown in the image of a fishing woman, she is the embodiment of the misery and hardship of the women in the coastal areas of our country after the country’s liberation. launch shortly. What woman’s life must be said to be too unhappy when she has to bear three great hardships on her back, the first is her ugly appearance, tall figure, “rough lines”, and her face is full of pitted spots. After a childhood of smallpox, his face was pale from staying up at night, and he had to work hard all night.
She was originally from a wealthy family, but she was miserable because she was so ugly that no one could marry her, so being ugly was a great misfortune in a woman’s life. After getting married and having children, she continued to carry on her shoulders the poverty of poverty, the house was full of small boats, life was so hard and hard, that there were days when she had to eat boiled cacti. salt dip.
Poverty has tortured the body, and also tortured the soul of this woman when she had to take care of her life. Life was already hard, she still had many children, carrying the burden of childbirth to more than ten children in all, the more she gave birth, the more difficult life became and the heavier it was on her shoulders, the more miserable life became. It’s a vicious circle with no way out.
Poverty and a large number of children almost made her shoulders fall, but she still had to endure the brute force with the beatings of “a light attack during the day, a heavy battle every five days” from her husband. That not only brings unlimited physical pain, but also deeply hurts the soul of the fishing village woman, who is beaten and scolded by the head of the village every day. And most of all, the worry about the loss of trust, about the psychological trauma that her children have to endure, she is afraid that they will be hurt, haunted by those memories, the cruel poetry that her father caused. out to their mother.
Phung witnessed the miserable situation of the unhappy woman, repeatedly advised her to divorce to free herself from her abusive husband, but she did not agree. On the surface, many people probably shook their heads because of the woman’s stubbornness, but few people could understand when lifting the grim curtain, how many twists and turns, how many unwillingnesses gradually revealed.
In the misery and unhappiness of an ugly woman, we suddenly realize how precious the beauty of the soul is, she does not want to leave her husband, first because she has been indebted to him, gratitude to her husband for saved her life, gave her a home, even though now it is also scarred, not very happy. If people like Phac, Phung, and Judge Dau all think that the old man is an obnoxious, barbaric, and despicable person, she thinks that her husband is a pitiful person who needs to be understood and shared.
She remembers the old days, remembers the good things of her husband who was “stubborn but gentle who never beat me”, because of escaping from the army, the family was in dire straits, it was poverty that made her husband become a a brute, brute. The miserable woman takes all the blame on herself “if only I had less children”, she patiently endures, has boundless tolerance, sees and understands the sufferings of others in order to sympathize. Only she does not tolerate herself.
That woman sacrificed, patiently, not only out of gratitude, sympathy or love for her husband, but above all for her dear children. A mother’s heart is always so vast and generous, she still has to raise more than a dozen young children, she needs “a man to support when the wind blows”. She defaulted that “God created a woman to give birth to a child, then raise her child until she is an adult, so she has to suffer” so they “have to live for their children, not for themselves”, their whole life. The life of a woman in a fishing village is probably only sacrifice, for her to see her children eat well is also very happy, and then there are times when her family is “happy and harmonious”.
The woman in the fishing village is also a person with deep thoughts, understanding of reason, understanding of life, she easily realizes that life in the eyes of Phung and Judge Dau is too naive and too simple. She used very convincing arguments, she opened her heart to talk about her life so that the two of them could understand why she couldn’t leave her husband, she also knew suffering and pain, but got into that misery. People just discovered that there are things that cannot be done otherwise.
That is the paradox of life, it is only at this time that the character of Phung understands, he realizes that it is not possible to free people from poverty, from domestic violence only by kindness and law. Also aware that it is not possible to only use a one-sided view to evaluate the whole thing, but to use multi-dimensional intuitive eyes to consider and learn. Above all, it is a lesson learned that art must be associated with life, must come out from miserable realities, must dig deep to find and exploit the pearl hidden in the soul of each fate. man, that is the true art.
Nguyen Minh Chau, Nam Cao and Nguyen Huy Tuong are all people with very deep and delicate awareness of the relationship between art and life. Nam Cao once exclaimed that “Wow, art need not be the deceiving moonlight, should not be the deceiving moonlight; Art can only be the cry of suffering, escaping from miserable lives …”, and Nguyen Huy Tuong wrote in Vu Nhu To that: “Art without being attached to life, it is just flowers. only evil flowers.”
Nguyen Minh Chau also shared the same views, he deeply realized that “Good jade has stains, many things in life”, so there is no perfect and perfect scene, it’s just the surface, hidden deep behind. Those are harsh realities. Since then, the artist must use a multi-faceted, understanding eye to see the moral and humanistic beauties, not follow the beauties, though flashy, but empty and lifeless.
Analysis of the work “The boat in the distance” number 9
Nguyen Minh Chau’s works are evaluated as autobiographical and philosophical in nature. Each work he knows is always aimed at discovering and discovering the beauty of life. The Outer Boat is one of their stellar works, written in 1983, depicting the romance of art and the bareness of real life.
Receiving a request from the head, Phung brought his camera back to the old battlefield, taking a masterpiece picture to complete this year’s calendar. And during that time, the artist experienced many things, many things in this life full of worries and hardships.
After struggling days, indeed that day the artist Phung had a rare luck, beautiful scenery appeared right in front of Phung. He did not hesitate, quickly pulled out the camera to work, the scene in front of him appeared extremely magical: “The boat imprinted a vague dream in the milky white fog mixed with a little pink due to the sun’s rays. the sky shines in.
And the silhouettes of adults and children sat as still as statues on a cupped roof, facing the shore. the whole scene is seen through the meshes, and the net between the hoofs appears in a shape resembling the wings of a bat…”. This is indeed an ink painting of an ancient painter. His heart seemed to be choked, confused without words before the beauty of nature and creation.
At that time, he realized that “beauty is morality”. Beauty and art have purified people’s souls, helping people’s souls to become more holy. But we also need to pay attention to one detail, that is the location when Phung took pictures is still littered with the remnants of the war. Is it only because of the poetic romanticized eyes of an artist that Phung can feel the “given-given” scene? At the same time, because of that, when he later discovered the truth, Phung was so disappointed.
Behind that perfect picture is a heart-wrenching reality. In the quiet scene is a growl, full of anger “stay here, move, I’ll kill you now” and then the image of a woman gradually appeared, big, rough behind the fierce man. evil, wicked.
What happened next made Phung so surprised and stunned. The man pulled out his belt and thrashed the woman. But strangely, the woman did not cry a single word, That made Phung “open his mouth to look” extremely “surprised”. After being surprised, Phung threw down the camera and hurriedly intervened. At this moment, a small shadow rushed forward, aiming directly at the man.
The poor mother, calling her son’s name “hugs him, then lets go, clasps his hands and bows and then hugs him again…”, making the reader feel pity and emotion. All these images shocked and hurt Phung. Soon the family left, the scene returned to the peaceful scene as it was.
For Phung, this is probably a meaningful trip: “The art boat is far away, hidden in the fog, but the truth of life is naked, right in front of our eyes”. Phung was in pain because his vision was too simple and down-to-earth, but the reality of life was extremely multifaceted and complicated.
The next time Phung and the fishing woman met again was at the district court office. And this time, both Phung and Dau have their own contemplations about people and life. The woman was now sitting deep in the corner of the wall, trying to crouch, looking extremely scared.
Perhaps this is the first time this woman has come to a public office of the state. She prostrated herself, prostrating herself to be extremely pitiful: “I marry you” “you can arrest me, you can jail me, don’t let it go”. Why? Why would she beg forgiveness for a cruel, heartless person who fought a light battle for three days and a heavy one for seven days. Now, Phung and Dau can understand.
After the initial surprise, the woman seemed to be more familiar, she confided about her life, about the fact that no one married, confided in her current husband: “My old husband was an old man at that time. gentle but very gentle, never beat me”. Then she explained why her husband was born like that. Because of the poverty, because of the suffering, the men on the boat only know whether to drink alcohol or beat their wives when they feel too miserable.
Because, on that man’s shoulders, he had to shoulder so many responsibilities, especially when the sea was rough: “God created a woman to give birth to a child, then raise the child until she is an adult, so she has to shoulder it. suffering. Women in our boat have to live for their children, but cannot live for themselves like on earth…”. That’s why even though she was beaten by her husband, she was still willing to volunteer, still begging for his forgiveness. Because in addition to the times when she was beaten, her life was in harmony, watching her children eat well, she also felt extremely happy, …
Only through her very brief words can she understand the anguish, resignation, and patience in this woman. The sacred maternal love has made her willing to sacrifice everything so that her children can live and eat well. It also helps us to understand more about the causes of violence in poor families.
Indeed, through the story of the fishing woman, we see even more clearly that we cannot only judge a person or an event by its appearance. Things, people are inherently shallow and deep, if not traced back, if we don’t listen to them, we are just superficial people in this life, going to evaluate everything with indifferent eyes.
Creating the attraction for this work must include the art of creating unexpected and attractive situations. The photographer discovers a God-given moment, but behind it is a scene of brutal violence. For the woman to come to talk, to analyze and explain, but it was Phung and Dau who were made “bright eyes”. Help them better understand the twists and turns in life, thereby making proper judgments and evaluations before any event or phenomenon.
With a unique and realistic story situation, The boat in the distance has profound humanitarian and human values. This life includes dragon and phoenix, including right and wrong, good and bad. Therefore, when evaluating anything should not be superficial. This life is extremely complicated, to understand it needs to look from many sides, many angles. Lessons for Phung and Dau are also what Nguyen Minh Chau wants to convey to generations of readers.