The landscape, corresponding to the seasons of the year, plays a major role in telling the story.
- In childhood, the infant glides from a dark cave into a rich, green landscape.
- As a youth, the boy takes control of the boat and aims for a shining castle in the sky.
- In manhood, the adult relies on prayer and religious faith to sustain him through rough waters and a threatening landscape.
- Finally, the man becomes old and the angel guides him to heaven across the waters of eternity.