Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The ship is a living, breathing ecosystem that Charlotte becomes very much a part of. When Charlotte goes down into top cargo to fetch her clothing, for example, she refers to it as being in the belly of the whale (6.55). The animal comparison is apt since the Seahawk even seems to have a mind of its own. It sways, it bends, it heaves. The ship also plays a very large role in overthrowing Captain Jaggery (21.78). Is it Charlotte who finally defeats him or is it the ship itself that finally does away with the captain?