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In this story, Bergman keeps readers’ attention on the relationship between the narrator and her father by limiting her discussion of the environmental catastrophe of the story’s world to what is happening with the ocean. It makes sense for the condition of the ocean to figure largely in the characters’ lives because they live on an island, and so it’s importance to the characters eliminates the need to explain other aspects of what is happening to the environment. If Bergman had not set her story near the ocean, she would have had to describe more in depth the way people live now, how pollution is affecting them, what cities have become, and more in order to create the same atmosphere.

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