Themes in Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson


Temptation and Honor is one of the underlying themes in Sailor Twain. For example:

  • Twain wanting to stay faithful to his wife Pearl, but being tempted by his new muse the mermaid
  • Lafayette is tempting most of the women on board in order to achieve his seven loves
  • Twain prides himself on being a good captain while the crew thinks badly of Lafayette
  • Lafayette seemingly has no honor left since he’s already resorted to trying to kill the mermaid
  • Mermaids themselves are tempting since they use their song to get men to fall in love with them

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