What is the main idea?
This story focuses on the idea of freedom, not just physical freedom but mental freedom. Jessie feels trapped in his small home, surrounded by his family, but when he is taken as a slave, he understands what imprisonment really is. He and his fellow sufferers are not free to act how they wish. The sailors are technically free, but are not mentally free, being limited by their education and trapped by the mind-set that has led them to perform these horrible acts against humanity. Even when Jessie is released, he is unable to find freedom. He is forever affected by his ordeal, and it holds a shadow over him throughout his life. The author suggests that people must always rise above their situations and think outside their limited perception if they wish to attain true human freedom and free will.