Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

by

Ruta Sepetys

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Salt to the Sea: 152. Alfred Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Alfred makes it to the deck. Passengers are crying for help and looking to him, but he makes no effort to assist anyone. The chaos somehow calms Alfred and his “arm [begins] moving, turning the invisible crank of Death’s music box.” Alfred sees the ship’s captain boarding a boat. He thinks if the captain is evacuating, he should, too. Before he can, however, he sees Klaus, the Poet, and Florian, who is screaming for Joana.
Unlike Joana, who is volunteering her time, energy, and possibly her life to save other evacuees, Alfred only cares about himself. While Klaus, the Poet, Florian try to find Joana and Emilia, and Emilia tries to find them, Alfred instead tries to find a lifeboat to save only himself.   
Themes
Memory and Survival  Theme Icon
Family and Community vs. Selfishness  Theme Icon