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What does Franny hope to accomplish by following the terns on their last migration? What about Ennis? What do you think the future holds for them?

Created: 08/05/21

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davinamw

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What does Franny hope to accomplish by following the terns on their last migration? What about Ennis? What do you think the future holds for them?

What does Franny hope to accomplish by following the terns on their last migration? What about Ennis? What do you think the future holds for them?


Posted Aug. 06, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
rachelh

Join Date: 10/19/20

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RE: What does Franny hope to accomplish ...

I think this journey represents a sort of self-actualization for Franny; I think she's hoping to find peace more than anything. For Ennis, I think this journey is about overcoming odds; if he's able to complete this trip, maybe he can find the strength to reconnect with his family.


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rosemaryk

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RE: What does Franny hope to accomplish ...

Franny does not want to think about the terns having their "last" migration. She hopes an answer on how to save them will appear.

As for Ennis, the outlook is also grim: he seems to be losing everything meaningful in his life. He is similar to Franny in that he hopes this will not happen.

He seems to have a wonderful family. However, he is not accustomed to being with them at an intense level. Ideally, he will alter his views--but there is no guarantee that this will happen.

Both Franny and Ennis will gradually need to shift their views, even if their hopes continue to be dashed.


Posted Aug. 16, 2021 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
acstrine

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RE: What does Franny hope to accomplish ...

In the past, Franny's "migrations" have been about her and for herself. Following the terns in something Niall wanted to do. Franny is making this trip because Niall can't. I think it her way of honoring him- -she did spread his ashes among the terns. Those were the two things I believe she really hoped to accomplish- -follow the terns to the end and spread Niall's ashes. What she didn't hope for or even anticipate for herself was a rejuvenation of her spirit. She is able to grieve Niall. She finally admitted, out loud, to another person that Niall is dead. Instead of taking her life, as planned, Franny chose to live.

Ennis really wanted to find the fish at first. A big payday at the end would have meant a lot since fishing wasn't a reliable way to make money any more. Once he learned that all boats were being docked, Ennis was afraid- -afraid of his future. He didn't know how to live on land 24/7, he didn't know what to do if he couldn't fish, and he didn't know how to handle the illness of his wife. Ennis and Franny were both people who did better when they had the freedom to roam.


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scottishrose

Join Date: 07/24/11

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RE: What does Franny hope to accomplish ...

Franny wants to spread Niall's ashes per his will. She also wants to join him in death. Instead she makes the choice to live. She gets her education while finishing her prison sentence. And in the end, I think she plans to continue Niall's work.
We never really get told what happens to Ennis. But maybe because of his understanding that commercial fishing is done, and his time with Franny, he, too, will find a way to work to save the environment.


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