The Fish Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
We know pretty early on in "The Fish" that having caught the fish, the speaker has to decide whether to keep it or release it. Either decision, of course, has consequences. If the speaker keeps the...
Man and the Natural World
"The Fish" might be one of the most clear-cut examples of man vs. the natural world. The cool thing about this struggle, though, is that there is very little struggle at all. The speaker catches th...
Who has the power in "The Fish," the speaker or the fish? Well, it would immediately seem that the speaker does, because she is responsible for determining whether or not the fish will survive. How...
Who is humbled by whom? At first we might think that the fish is humbled by the fisher, because he doesn't even bother to fight against being caught. We'd probably be wrong though. The rest of "The...
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