Their Eyes Were Watching God

In chapter 1

what does the metaphor in the first paragraph reveal about mens dreams?

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Did you mean the whole ships in the distance metaphor? I think it is saying that for some people's dreams come true in the voyage of life but for many, dreams are illusive like a destination never to be found. As man searches for his dreams, time "mocks" him the longer it takes to find. Man's time on this earth is finite and dreams can disappear without man knowing it.