Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 147. Joana Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Announcements over the speaker system urge passengers to remain calm. Dr. Wendt runs into the room, and instructs Joana to ignore the speakers, and to evacuate all the women to the deck and onto lifeboats. The ship is tilting at an even steeper angle, which makes it hard to climb the stairs. Joana tries to help a child trampled on the path to the deck but is pushed forward by the surging crowd.
Joana remains committed to her job as a nurse, even when abandoning her post would increase her chances of survival. Even on the stairs, when stopping could easily lead to her own death at the hands of her fellow passengers, Joana prioritizes helping other over helping herself.
Themes
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